What Causes Gum Disease?
Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is caused by poor oral hygiene. If your at-home care is lacking and you miss your regular cleanings, you’re at an increased risk of developing gum disease.
If plaque has a chance to build-up on the surfaces of your teeth, the bacteria in the plaque attacks your sensitive gum tissues and causes infections that can affect your overall oral health.
Gum disease begins as gingivitis. Left untreated, it can advance to severe periodontitis. When the infection reaches this stage, it can result in the loss of gum tissue, jawbone tissue, and even your teeth.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
It possible to have gum disease without symptoms, but usually, you’ll notice some of these common signs:
- Swollen, puffy, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing
- Persistent bad breath (also known as halitosis)
- Receding gum tissue
- Exposed tooth roots
- Pus between the gums and tooth roots
- Oral sores
Treating Gum Disease
At Boger Dental, we offer a full range of treatments to combat periodontitis and reverse its effects to restore you to a clean bill of dental health. Depending on your treatment needs, we’ll recommend one or more of the following services:
- Scaling and root planing
- Root surface debridement
- Laser treatment
- Pocket reduction
- Ridge preservation
- Regenerative procedures
- Bone grafting
Enjoy the Optimal Oral Health You Deserve
Even if you try to take care of your teeth at home, periodontitis, (gum disease) can still occur over time. If you’ve started noticing changes in the health of your gums, schedule an appointment with your trusted Plymouth dental office today.
We offer gum disease treatment at Boger Dental to help give you your smile back. No matter what stage of gum disease you have, give us a call, because it’s never too late to receive the care you need to feel your very best.