What is gum disease?
Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects your gums and the structures that support it. Fortunately, you'll find the gum disease treatment you need at our Boise, ID dental office.
About 40 percent of adults over age 30 have some level of gum disease. This number is so high because in many cases, periodontal disease can exist without showing any symptoms.
5 Common Signs of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums that bleed when you brush
- Red, inflamed, or swollen gums
- A change in the way your teeth feel when you bite down
- Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
- Teeth that feel like they’re loose
Gum disease develops when bacteria-filled plaque isn't removed with brushing and flossing and sits on your teeth. These bacteria cause an infection that attacks your gums, and without treatment, it can start to damage other structures that support your gums, including bone.
Treatment for mild gum disease (gingivitis) involves a thorough professional dental cleaning and instructions for improving your oral hygiene. If we don’t treat gingivitis, it can develop into periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis will require a deep cleaning procedure and more frequent hygiene appointments until the condition is under control.
Prevent Gum Disease
Avoiding gum disease and the need for treatment is easy; maintain excellent oral hygiene habits and visit our Boise, ID dental office every six months for dental exams and cleanings. To schedule your next exam and cleaning contact Atlantis Dental Care.