Periodontal (gum) disease is a degenerative dental condition and is caused by harmful bacteria trapped in plaque. Periodontics is a field of dental care that focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing gum disease and related problems. Gum disease develops when the bacteria in your mouth infect and inflame the gum tissues. In the earlier and milder stages, the disease is called gingivitis, and it is more easily treatable. In fact, with prompt attention, gingivitis can be halted and even reversed. If the disease progresses to the more severe stage, periodontitis, it is more difficult to treat and may never be completely eliminated from your mouth.
During each of your regular dental visits, our dentists will check for signs of gum disease. Common symptoms of the condition include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily, especially when flossing or chewing
- Pain in the mouth
- Gum recession
- Loose or separating teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in your bite or in the fit of oral appliances
The best way to fight periodontal disease is to take steps to prevent it. This includes maintaining good oral hygiene at home through regular brushing and flossing as well as visiting Jennings & Larson Family Dentistry regularly for preventive care. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, our dentists will work with you to find a suitable treatment. There are several treatments available for periodontal disease.
To learn more about periodontics in Fort Mohave, Arizona, and schedule an appointment with our dentists, call us today at 928-577-2533.