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Periodontal Maintenance

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

Potential symptoms may include...

  • Recurring bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Difficulty or pain chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gum line

Further Treatment

Depending on the cause and severity of the problem, there will likely be a variety of treatments. Some may include minor things like improved hygiene habits at home like brushing and flossing, while more severe cases may require lifestyle changes or temporary medication.