Periodontal Care

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth – the periodontium – support your teeth, and are the key to keeping your natural teeth into elder age. When gum disease occurs, it jeopardizes the stability of your teeth: think of a house on a shaky foundation. Studies show that chronic periodontal disease also adversely affects overall health. As an inflammatory condition, it may complicate diabetes, and may be related to heart disease and stroke.

The good news is that daily brushing and flossing help to keep plaque from forming. Combined with regular professional cleanings to remove plaque, daily hygiene keeps the gum line from receding, preventing bacteria from entering the periodontium, protecting against inflammation and infection.

But, if a periodontal problem occurs, early action can help clear up the problem quickly. If gums are red, sore, bleeding, or receding away from teeth, or if you notice persistent bad breath, make an appointment to see the dentist. Other indications of periodontal problems are loose teeth or a change in position or alignment. Advanced cases of periodontal disease may require surgery or extraction, so it is vital to see the dentist right away if you are noticing any of these symptoms.