Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a serious bacterial infection of the tissues that support teeth. It typically develops over time, as plaque and tartar accumulate on teeth and below the gumline. This is the result of poor oral hygiene habits. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups are usually all it takes to prevent gum disease from occurring.
Gingivitis: Some people mistakenly believe that their gums bleed because they are brushing too aggressively.
Progression of Gum Disease: A bad taste in your mouth and foul smelling breath are also signs of progressing gum disease.
Late Stage Periodontal Disease: this includes swelling, discharge and pain resulting from deep pus-filled pockets in the gums.
Early signs of periodontal disease can be seen by your dentist during routine dental exams, gingival tissues are evaluated visually and physically. Depending on the condition of your gums, our dentist may refer you to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating gum disease.
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