Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease. It occurs when plaque and tartar build up around the tooth and inflame the gums, which if not taken care of, can begin to destroy the gums and bone which support teeth.
Periodontal disease is characterized by red, bleeding or swollen gums, sensitive teeth and gums, bad breath, lose or shifting teeth, receding gums, and tenderness or discomfort in the mouth. These factors are indications of periodontal disease, however most people have periodontal disease without even being aware of it. This most likely is because bone recession is not visible to the naked eye, and the first stages of periodontal disease are usually painless.
Our hygienists take a key role in treating periodontal disease and putting in place the steps that are necessary for you to achieve and maintain a healthy mouth.