Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease?

Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of gum disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

  1. Bad breath that won't go away.
  2. Red or swollen gums.
  3. Tender or bleeding gums.

WHAT causes gum diseases?

Bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth, cause gum disease. If plaque is not removed it can harden and turn into tartar (calculus). Additionally, dental plaque will continue to form on the tartar. Brushing or flossing cannot remove tartar; a dental professional will need to conduct a dental cleaning to remove it.

What is the treatment and Can we prevent it?

Proper brushing and flossing go a long way toward keeping gum disease away. At Rainforest Dentel, our professional dentist or dental hygienist will remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar. By scheduling regular checkups twice a year early stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition.