Periodontal disease, or advanced gum disease, is the most common reason for tooth loss in adults. To fight this infection, which is characterized by swollen, bleeding gums, patients are scheduled for a deep cleaning where the dentist or hygienist removes plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. This cleaning, which takes place above and below the gum line, will help your gums heal, making it more difficult for plaque to turn into bacteria-filled tartar.
There are several stages of periodontal disease ranging from gingivitis to mild to moderate to severe periodontitis to irreversible bone and ligament loss.
Remember, there is a connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body!
If you notice any of these signs, you should call to schedule an appointment:
- Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- Changes when your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of your partial denture