When you visit Bridge Dental Care, we examine more than just your teeth. We also look at your gums, mouth, and jaw! Our thorough dental examination allow us to identify and treat oral health problems as soon as signs show. This early detection is especially important in the case of periodontal disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
More commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is caused by plaque that accumulates on the teeth and below the gumline. Plaque is a film of bacteria that hardens into tartar over time. As the bacteria in plaque break down the sugars in what you eat and drink, they produce toxins that cause gum inflammation and infection. Without treatment, this can compromise the connective tissue and bones that surround and support the teeth, resulting in pain, tooth loss, and bone deterioration.
Gum Disease Risk Factors
Some patients are more at risk of developing gum disease than others. A few risk factors of periodontal disease include:
- Tobacco Use
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Excessive Stress
- Persistent Dry Mouth
- Compromised Immune System
- Diet High in Simple Sugars, Starches & Juice
Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease
The first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is reversible with improved brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and routine dental visits. Gingivitis is then followed by mild, moderate, and advanced periodontitis. If you experience any of the following warning signs of the various stages of gum disease, schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible!
- Tender, Puffy, and/or Dark Red Gums
- Bleeding Gums
- Painful Chewing
- Loose Teeth
- Receding Gums
- Bad Breath
Chattanooga Gum Disease Treatment
At Bridge Dental Care, our team can help you prevent and treat gum disease so you can have a healthy smile. If you're concerned that you may have gum disease, contact us today to schedule your appointment!