Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth.” Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is most commonly caused by infrequent removal of plaque and calculus (tartar).

Unfortunately, periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have persisted for an extended period of time. Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular dental checkups will minimize the risk of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodintitis) to the severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease but the earlier the treatment, the less irreversible injury there will be to contend with.
Common problems associated with gum disease:
 -  “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
 -  Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
 -  Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
 -  Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
 -  Tooth loss or tooth movement
 -  Bad breath, or halitosis
The effects of gum disease can be damaging to both your dental andsystemic health. Through proper preventative care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease.
Please contact our office for a periodontal evaluation.
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