Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
Periodontal, or gum disease, is an infection of the tissue that supports the teeth. Many adults develop some form of periodontal disease which, if untreated, can cause tooth loss.
Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums, but if left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis, which irreversibly damages the gums and structures that support the teeth.
Pregnancy has also been known to cause a form of gingivitis. This has been linked to hormonal changes in the woman’s body that promote plaque production.
Our hygienists measure the v-shaped groove between your teeth and gums (normally once a year) with a periodontal probe. Your regular checkup, along with proper brushing twice a day and flossing, are your best defenses against periodontal disease.
The following are warning signs of periodontal disease. If you notice any of these, call us immediately:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen,tender gums
- Gums that pull away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures