Gum Disease and Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and jaw bone. It’s typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) to build up on the teeth and harden. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, swollen and bleeding gums, painful chewing problems and even tooth loss.

Your dentist will be able to determine whether you are affected by this by a brief examination. Treatment and management may include a general cleaning and a deep cleaning to remove tartar as well as surgical intervention in severe cases. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to have regular dental cleanings.

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