What is periodontal disease (gum disease)?

Commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in plaque, which can build up on the teeth. If periodontal disease is not treated in earlier stages, the condition can lead to loss of the teeth, gum tissue, and bone.

What are the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease (gum disease)?

The following are some common symptoms of gum disease:

  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums, or teeth that appear longer than normal
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Pain when chewing and biting
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums

If you notice any of these signs, we urge you to call our team today to learn more about our treatments for gum disease in Kimball, Michigan.

How do you treat periodontal disease (gum disease)?

If caught in the early stages, gum disease can often be treated through professional cleanings and a strict at-home oral hygiene program. Our knowledgeable dentists may also recommend scaling and root planing or other types of periodontal treatment to halt the progress of the disease and restore your oral health. For more information on how gum disease is treated, we invite you to contact us today and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Smith.