Periodontal (gum) disease is an oral condition affecting the gums and supporting structures in the mouth. It begins as a bacterial infection and gradually progresses until it destroys your gums and supporting bone structure. The earlier and less severe stage of this disease is known as gingivitis, and it can usually be brought under control or even eliminated with professional treatment and improved home care. The more severe stage of the disease is known as periodontitis, and it contributes to gum recession, tooth loss and bone loss. Periodontitis may never be successfully removed from your mouth, but it can often be managed and further damage prevented with professional care.
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Easy bleeding of the gums
- Oral pain
- Gum recession
- Loose or separating teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of your bite or oral appliances
- Pus between the gums and teeth
- Sores in the mouth
The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene at home. We recommend brushing at least twice each day and flossing daily. Also, continue to make and keep your regular dental appointments at North Fresno Dental Care. Our dentist will check your mouth for signs of periodontal disease during each of your dental checkups, as well as perform a dental cleaning to help reduce your risk of developing this condition. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, we will work with you to create a treatment plan that will help fight the disease.
For more information about periodontal disease in Fresno, California, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tamie Ego, give us a call today at 559-437-0553.