What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a condition that affects the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Caused by bacteria in plaque, gum disease may result in bone loss, tooth loss, and a receding gum line if left untreated. However, periodontal disease begins with gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. This condition is characterized by gums that are swollen, redder than usual, and tender. You may also notice that your gums bleed easily, such as when you floss or brush your teeth. If gingivitis in Richmond, Kentucky, is not properly treated, it may progress into periodontitis, which is the more severe stage of gum disease.

How do you treat gum disease?

Periodontal treatment is based on the severity of the condition and your individual dental needs. Based on your specific situation, our dentist may recommend improved at-home dental care, additional professional cleanings, antibiotic treatments, or deep cleanings known as scaling and root planing. For very serious cases, Dr. Susan A. Vanstone may recommend gum surgery. When you visit our office, you can feel confident that our dentist and dental team will only suggest the treatment that we truly believe to the best possible solution to your dental problems.

If you believe you may suffer from periodontal disease, or if you would like to learn more about gum treatment, please call or visit us today at Great Grins. We look forward to hearing from you soon!