You may think that the primary job your gums have is to support your teeth. While that is an important part of your role, your gums are also the first line of defense against the bacteria in your mouth. That bacteria can cause problems for your cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease, occurs when the bacteria in plaque inflame and infect the gums. Some of the symptoms of gum disease can include gums that are red, or even blue, in color. Your gums may be swollen and tender or prone to bleeding when you eat, brush or floss. Bad breath and gums that are pulling away from your teeth are also signs of gum disease. If left untreated, you can experience tooth loss and loss of mass in your jawbone, as well as increased vulnerability to infection and cavities.
Our dentist can treat gum disease by having you change your personal habits or improve your home care routine. Other treatment options include scaling and root planing, antibiotics or gum surgery. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to call our office to schedule your visit. We look forward to serving you and your smile.