Gum Disease/Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. Periodontal disease can affect the hard and soft tissues that support your teeth and if left untreated can lead to tooth mobility and tooth loss.
With early detection and proper treatment, this condition can be reversed in the early stages. Good oral hygiene is critical and includes brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once a day. Toothbrushes should also be replaced every 6 months or when the bristles become frayed as this reduces their effectiveness at removing plaque and food particles.
In advanced stages, periodontal disease can be controlled with proper treatment. Your hygienist and dentist will recommend specific treatments based on the severity of your case. Periodontal surgery can often be avoided with less invasive measures such as periodontal cleanings, scaling & root planning, laser therapy, and local antibiotics.