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Periodontal / Gum Disease

Periodontal / Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is caused by bacteria in plaque. If not consistently removed, this bacteria builds up, infecting your teeth, gums, lower gum tissue and eventually the bone that supports your teeth - a common cause of tooth loss. This disease has three stages of progression: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis; the longer the disease has to advance, the more damage it causes. Fear not, DDS Associates is here to help. With advancements in detection and treatment, we can discover periodontal disease early and begin treatment before complicated issues arise.

Factors That Contribute to Gum Disease

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Poor diet
  • Certain medications

Common Signs of Gum Disease

  • Red, tender, and swollen gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Gum line receding , or gums are pulling away from teeth and forming pockets
  • Changes in your bite or teeth alignment, loose teeth

Gum disease is directly connected to other health problems. If not treated properly, it can lead to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.

If you have any of the above symptoms, contact our office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.