Gum Disease

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth. These structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy gums or gum disease include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of gum disease. Our dentists evaluate all new patients for gum disease, and our highly trained hygienists check for gum disease at all cleaning visits. If gum disease is detected, treatment will be initiated to arrest the disease process in order to prevent bone loss and tooth loss. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic. If the gum disease gets too severe a referral to our periodontist may be needed.


My gums bleed when I brush. Should I be worried?
If you had bleeding on your arm or leg, you would check it out.  Because bleeding gums can indicate a more serious problem like gum disease, you should make an appointment with your dentist. 
Is gum disease hereditary? 
Although there is a genetic component to gum disease, other factors, like lifestyle choices, age, and oral health habits, can also influence whether you develop this condition. Talk with your dentist to check it out.  
What can I do to prevent gum disease? 
The best prevention is taking proper care of your teeth and gums.  Good brushing habits, regular flossing, and routine dental visits will go a long way to avoiding periodontal disease.