Periodontal (Gum) Health
An area of focus in our Montgomery family dental practice is the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, or gum disease. Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. Fortunately, with regular periodontal maintenance and good home care, this condition is preventable and treatable.
Progression of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Gum disease occurs when harmful bacteria collect below the gum line and infect healthy gum tissue and bone. Over time, this progressive periodontal infection will create "pockets", or spaces between the gums and teeth, and decrease bone levels. This recession of gum tissue and supportive bone can cause teeth to become loose and eventually fall out altogether.
Common signs of gum disease are bleeding or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums or loose teeth that do not have a history of trauma.
Treatment of Gum Disease
During your regular dental check-ups, our dentists and hygienists will perform a periodontal health screening to look for early warning signs of gum disease, including bleeding gums and tartar deposits below the gum line, and measure for any indication of pockets between the teeth and gums.
If detected early, gum disease can be treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy to remove infected tissue and clean tooth root surfaces to help promote healing. Following periodontal treatment, our hygienists will see patients every 3-4 months for continued monitoring.
The best defense against gum disease is a complete dental examination with necessary xrays to look for signs of bone loss. Contact us to schedule a thorough periodontal health assessment.