34Bacteria in the mouth can harm the gums and teeth. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects millions of Americans. Some of the symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Swollen, tender, and red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Toothache
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth loss

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, come see Dr. Cummins for a periodontal assessment.

Forms of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease shows itself in different ways. The most mild level of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis results in red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Gingivitis can usually be solved with better oral hygiene.

Periodontal disease is caused by toxins in the bacteria of the teeth. These toxins irritate the mouth and stimulate an inflammatory response.

The inflammatory response progresses, leading to the more serious form of gum disease—periodontitis. This response can cause the tissues and bones of the teeth to eventually destroy themselves if the periodontitis isn’t treated.

36Many different factors can contribute to your risk for gum disease. Diabetes, aging, stress, and smoking are just a few of the elements that influence your gum health. It is essential to treat periodontal disease as soon as possible.

Restore Your Health

If you are suffering from gum disease—moderate or severe—we can return your whole mouth to its proper state of health. Don’t worry—gum disease treatment is simple, and will give you the comfort and the healthy appearance that you’ll be proud to show when you smile!

First, come in for a consultation with our caring dental team. They can assess the state of your gums and determine which kind of treatment will be best for you.

The treatment that we use most commonly is called root scaling and planing. It is a special deep cleaning that will get your teeth and gums healthy again by ridding your gums of the harmful bacteria.

Soon enough, your gums will be pink, smooth and sensitivity-free, just like they should be. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cummins.