Periodontal Disease

Periodontal means "around the tooth," so think gums and bone. If plaque is not removed by consistent brushing and flossing, coupled with regular dental cleanings, it could build up and turn to tartar. Too much build up can begin to destroy the gums and bone, leading to periodontal disease or gum disease. Four out of five people have periodontal disease and have no idea! The disease is relatively painless in the early stages, but it is the number one reason for tooth loss.  If you have red, swollen, and bleeding gums, you may be suffering from periodontal disease and should schedule an appointment with Dr. Shain as soon as possible. To keep on the look out for periodontal disease, look for the following symptoms:

Bleeding gums
loose teeth
new spacing between tith
persistent bad breath
pus around the teeth adn gums
receeding gums
red and puffy gums
tenderness or discomfort