Your gums perform an important function in your body. They protect and provide support for the teeth, as well as provide blood flow to the jaw bone and tooth structures.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive disease that begins when bacteria penetrate and grow beneath the gums. As the disease spreads, gum tissue and eventually bone become infected and are destroyed.
An estimated 75 percent of Americans have some form of periodontal disease.*
Periodontal disease does not hurt. If left untreated, periodontal disease can break down enough bone and gum tissue to cause teeth in the affected area to become loose and eventually fall out.
Common signs of periodontal disease are bleeding and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, and gum recession.
If periodontal disease is present, your Smile Center dentist may recommend Non-Surgical Gum Therapy. Our hygienists provide treatment of periodontal disease in our office under the direction of your dentist.
Stay in control of your oral health! If you believe that you or a loved may have periodontal disease, contact us to schedule a complete dental examination and periodontal assessment. You'll be glad you did!
(*American Dental Hygienists' Association, 2010.)