Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults, and because it is usually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. During each regular checkup, your dentist or hygienist will check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums.
Symptoms can include:
- Gums that bleed
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have receeded away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Treating Gum Disease
Dr. Freundlich has utilized Soft Tissue Management since the 1980's to conservatively treat most periodontal disease without surgery. Mostly this is done with non-surgical treatments such as scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) combined with lasers and/or antibiotics.
Preventing Gum Disease
Regular checkups and periodontal examinations are important for maintaining your health and the health of your smile. Remember to brush regularly, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular visits.