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What Is Periodontal Disease?

July 21, 2020
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Posted By: Anthony Bartels, DDS Family Dentistry
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Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, means you have infections in your gums and the tissues that support your teeth. This condition requires dental health intervention and ongoing treatment to save your teeth and your overall wellness.

Without treatment, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even systematic health complications like heart attack and stroke. Some studies have also linked periodontal disease to rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Your dentist in Jonesboro, AR has years of experience treating periodontal disease.

Signs You Might Have Periodontal Disease

The early stage of gum disease—gingivitis—may not come with many symptoms, or symptoms may be too subtle for you to notice, but as time goes by, you may experience:

  • Gum sensitivity or periodic toothaches
  • Gum recession or elongated appearance to teeth
  • Tooth mobility or tooth loss
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Pus at your gum line
  • A bad taste in the mouth that does not leave after brushing

It’s essential to visit your dentist if you notice one or more symptoms of periodontal disease or oral health changes. Only your dentist can genuinely diagnose periodontal disease, and if we catch it in the gingivitis stage, we can often reverse the condition as opposed to merely treating it.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Periodontal treatment may include special deep cleanings above and below the gumline. This eliminates the calculus and bacteria contributing to your infections. We may also provide topical antibiotic treatments to improve the health of your gums and give tips for optimal oral hygiene at home.

Your dentist will provide more information based on the state of your gums and where you are in your periodontal disease. But rest assured, we provide gentle and compassionate treatment. Our only goal is to restore your health and wellness.

Contact a Member of Our Team Today

We look forward to helping you restore your oral health. Contact our Jonesboro dental office to book an appointment with us. 

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