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What Is Periodontal Disease?

July 23, 2021
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Posted By: Lee Martin, DMD Team

Periodontal disease—or gum disease in Garden City, GA—means severe infections and inflammation in your gum tissues and the ligaments that support your teeth. This preventable condition is treatable, but it requires ongoing dental care, including specialized teeth cleanings on a custom schedule.

Without treatment, gum disease leads to tooth loss, and it has been linked to many body-health conditions like lung issues, low birth weight in newborns, certain types of dementia, and much more.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Loose, mobile, or shifting teeth
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Swollen or inflamed gums

In some cases, you may have few or no noticeable symptoms—or you may dismiss the signs as another problem. This is one of the reasons regular dental care is so critical.

Periodontal Disease Prevention

Visiting your dentist twice yearly can significantly lower periodontal disease risks. Checkups give your dentist the chance to spot gum disease in the gingivitis stage. In this early stage, your dentist and hygienist can reverse the condition before gum disease sets in.

It would be best if you also brush and floss regularly at home. And if you smoke or use tobacco, we recommend stopping.

Additionally, if you notice oral health changes, we encourage you to call our office for a checkup and periodontal evaluation.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal treatment includes deep cleaning below the gumline to rid your teeth and gums of bacteria and infection. This approach encourages your gums to better adhere to your teeth, limiting or closing pockets between the teeth and tissues.

Contact Your Garden City Dental Office in GA Today

If you suspect periodontal disease, or if it’s time for your next checkup, we want to hear from you. Reach out to a friendly team member to schedule your appointment.

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