Gum disease affects the soft tissues and bones that support and anchor our teeth. The earliest signs of periodontal disease are often bleeding gums when flossing or brushing. From here, gums can become inflamed and infected, which can result in bone loss, gum recession, and eventual tooth loss.
Gum disease is chiefly caused by an accumulation of plaque at the base of your teeth. This sticky film forms on your teeth daily and must be removed by daily brushing and proper oral care. Once plaque hardens into tartar, it must be removed by a dental professional or risk the bacteria irritating and further exacerbating your gum disease.
When you visit us, we will discuss tips on prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. The earlier that gum disease is caught, the better chances of successful treatment and the more options are available.