Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease (sometimes referred to as gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the tissues and/or bone surrounding the teeth which affects an estimated 50-75% of American adults.*  When left untreated, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.  Most people are unaware that they have this serious infection as the signs and symptoms of this disease are often silent.  Others may experience the following symptoms:  bleeding gums when brushing, flossing or eating hard foods; red, swollen or tender gums; exposed roots or "long" looking teeth; loose teeth; pus between the gums and teeth; sores in the mouth; bad breath; teeth that do not fit together when biting or chewing; or a change in the fit of partial dentures.

     *According to the American Academy of Periodontology