Periodontal disease is inflammation of the tissue around the tooth. It begins with buildup of hardened plaque near the gum line and causes the gums to swell, redden and bleed when you brush or floss. Over time, gums may recede and underlying bones demineralize causing teeth to feel loose.
Recent studies show that untreated gum disease is linked to other medical issues, such as heart disease and diabetes. The good news is that your Woodcreek Dental Care staff can treat periodontal disease.
Can gum disease be prevented?
The best care is, of course, prevention. Daily brushing and flossing is the first line of defense against gum disease. Regular cleaning by a dental hygienist and dental exams will help prevent the progress of periodontal disease.
Be sure to have regular exams for periodontal disease if you have other health conditions such as osteoporosis, heart disease or diabetes or if you have family members who have had gum disease.
Can periodontal disease be treated?
Modern dentistry offers many choices for the surgical and non-surgical treatment of gum disease, but it is important for you to take the first step and seek treatment. Dr. Hartley, a general dentist, and the Woodcreek Dental Care staff can advise you on the best option for you.