Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is an inflammatory condition that is most often caused in gum tissue by bacterial infections. Gum disease is a serious concern for many people, especially here in America. It is estimated that as many as 80% of Americans have suffered from some form or other of periodontal disease. Here at Beveridge Dental we use the latest in treatment methods, and we are committed to helping our patients beat periodontal disease in all of its stages.
Gum disease is usually indicated by a variety of different signs, however it can sometimes occur without warning. The first stage of gum disease is a term that you may have heard before, gingivitis. With gingivitis the gums will become swollen, bleed easily, or appear red. If gingivitis is allowed to become worse, it can result in you getting a much more serious gum infection known as periodontitis. Periodontitis is an infection that destroys both your gums and subsequently the bone that gives your teeth support. This can cause your teeth to become loose, and eventually fall out.
Some signs that you may be battling periodontal disease can include:
- Persistent foul breath
- Bleeding of the gums
- Pain or swelling of the gums
- Longer looking teeth
- Loose feeling teeth
- Pus between the teeth or gums
- Gums that have pulled further from your teeth
One of the very best things that you can do to combat gum disease in all stages, is to have a regular prophylaxis. With a prophylaxis (which is also known as a dental cleaning) our staff works to gently remove built up the plaque and tartar that cause gum disease. By doing this regularly, you greatly increase your body’s ability to stop gum disease in its tracks.
At Beveridge Dental we offer compassionate and professional care for periodontal disease treatment. We believe that if you are suffering from periodontal disease in any of its forms that we can help you recover and help prevent the disease from causing further serious health problems that may be linked with periodontal disease.
Patients who receive periodontal care are happier and healthier. If you have further questions about periodontal care, please call us.