What You Should Know About Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is just another term to describe gum disease. It is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Periodontal disease is alarmingly common worldwide, even in the United States.

Our team here at Smiles Dental will serve as your “dental detectives.” So, be sure to visit our office if you have any of the following warning signs: gums that are tender, red, swollen or bleed easily; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth; permanent teeth that are loose or separating; and changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite. These are all strong indicators that your oral health may be suffering from periodontal disease.

This affliction can progress into full-blown periodontitis, which is a disease that occurs when there is a breakdown in the seal between the gum and the tooth. Bacteria get below the gum tissue seal and around a tooth, and they begin to destroy the part of the jawbone that anchors the teeth.

If you suffer from periodontal disease, the bone loss around your teeth can quickly become severe. So, it’s absolutely essential that you choose a competent and experienced dental practice like Smiles Dental, where we take care of you. Please contact 360.339.7499 to schedule your appointment.