Quick Facts To Help You
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Plaque. So without proper at-home oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your risk clearly increases. However, even perfect oral hygiene doesn’t always prevent it. Other risk factors include tobacco use, general health conditions, medications, stress, genetics, hormonal changes and poor nutrition.
What Is A Periodontist?
Periodontist is a dental specialist who treats gum disease and the results of tooth loss with non-surgical and surgical procedures.
When Should I See A Periodontist?
If you value your oral health, anytime is a good time to see a periodontist for a periodontal evaluation. One may be especially important if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Loose or separating teeth