Periodontal (Gum) Treatment

Periodontal, or gum, disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth. It is a quiet disease that may begin with little or no symptoms. Bacteria that is not properly removed will cause the gums to recede eventually leading to tooth loss. With proper gum care, these tissues can help you keep a healthy smile for a lifetime.

Many adults do eventually develop some type of periodontal disease. Left untreated, periodontal disease can be a major cause of tooth loss. Please call Dr. Ward’s office for an appointment if you think you may have Periodontal Disease. Signs of Periodontal Disease may include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding when brushing and flossing
  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Gum recession

It is important to see the hygienist at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning. It is also important to brush twice and floss once daily to prevent the accumulation of plaque and tarter. Tarter left on your teeth is a major cause of periodontal disease.