Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition involving soft tissues in the mouth around the teeth.

Consequences of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease has the potential to cause serious problems for the jaw bone and is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Teeth can even begin to loosen, become painful, and eventually fall out.

Causes and Treatment

Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, the film of bacteria that develops on your teeth. Bacteria release toxins that irritate and inflame the gums. When plaque is not removed daily by brushing and flossing, it hardens to tartar, which can only be removed during a professional dental cleaning. Early signs of this disease can be bleeding, tender gums, and constant bad breath. 

Schedule a Cleaning Today

If you think you may be showing signs of having periodontal disease or want to stay ahead of the game and prevent the disease from occurring by scheduling a dental cleaning, please feel free to call us at 419-474-3411.