Periodontal disease (periodontitis), more commonly known as gum disease, is an infection of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Although common, periodontal disease is relatively preventable as it is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Signs of the disease include:
Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria are allowed to sit on the surface of your teeth for long periods of time. The bacteria hardens into a substance called plaque and releases toxins that irritate the gum tissue.
Periodontal disease starts with fairly mild symptoms but can quickly escalate if left untreated. In severe cases, the disease can cause substantial pain and potentially cause tooth loss. It is crucial to receive periodontal treatment right away to avoid the most serious effects of gum disease.
Taking some preventative measures at home is one of the most effective solutions for gum disease. However, if periodontitis has taken hold, the most likely treatment option will be a deep cleaning or root planing and scaling. These treatments involve removing plaque and tartar at and below your gum line.
At Beechnut Dental Care, we look forward to improving your oral health with a compassionate touch. Get in touch with us today to learn more about your treatment options!