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Periodontal Care

periodontal disease stagesWhile it might seem routine for gums to bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth, these symptoms indicate the beginning of a developing condition called gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can destroy the fundamental structure of your teeth. Starting with simple swollen and/or bleeding gums, periodontal disease can rapidly progress over time to affect your overall health.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Swollen and bleeding gums indicate the onset of periodontal disease, which means that sticky, yellow plaque hasn’t been effectively cleaned from teeth over time. Plaque contains bacteria that harm teeth and gums, causing swelling and bleeding when not brushed and flossed away.

When not removed, plaque will eventually spread along the gumline and gather in places where it becomes more difficult to remove. Spaces then form between the teeth and gums, where more plaque gathers and bacteria grow. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause teeth to become loose and fall out, further destroying the jaw bone.

How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?

Arbor Dental Group has a highly trained team specializing in the treatment of periodontal disease. One essential way to prevent and treat periodontal disease is to visit your dentist and periodontist at Arbor Dental Group as frequently as necessary to protect your teeth.

One of our team members can talk with you about options if you require a more in-depth periodontal treatment.

A periodontal treatment could include either a Periodontal Scaling or Root Planing and Scaling. Both treatments require more time and a certain amount of anesthesia depending on your personal needs, and provides a deeper cleaning between the compromised teeth and gums, preventing progression of the disease.

If you have any trouble at all with your teeth or gums, see your periodontist at Arbor Dental Group as soon as possible to take the best care of your smile.