Among the causes for periodontal (gum) disease are genetic susceptibility, smoking, and other illnesses like diabetes. Periodontal maintenance involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Most gum diseases are preventable with proper oral hygiene. However, what can start out as gingivitis (inflamed or bleeding gums) can quickly turn into periodontitis. In such cases, gums pull away from the tooth to create “pockets,” thereby exposing a dental root to infection. It can also lead to prolonged bad breath, loose teeth, painful chewing and other complications.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
Every year, our Hygienists take measurements of your bone and gum tissue. 0-3mm are healthy measurements, whereas 4 or greater is Periodontal Disease. There are many factors to how or why you have gum disease, let us help you process this and create a personalized treatment plan for your Oral Hygiene care.