Gum disease can affect anyone. Neglecting to floss and brush can quickly result in bleeding gums and inflammation due to an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth. If you have noticed these symptoms, you may be in the initial stages of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis. Once it progresses to periodontitis, you may experience halitosis, receding gums or wider periodontal pockets. It is important to seek treatment as soon as you notice the signs of gum disease to ensure that you preserve your smile and your overall health. Unfortunately, gum disease can make you more likely to develop the following:
We treat your periodontal infection with scaling and root planing, a non-surgical treatment similar to a deep cleaning. This allows us to clear away the bacteria and restore the health of your teeth and gums. In order to prevent future overgrowth of bacteria, Drs. Fulton and Sargent recommend periodontal maintenance visits. These appointments are scheduled more frequently than your regular dental cleanings and focus upon removing bacteria and plaque that build up beneath your gums. Our patients who have been treated for periodontal disease benefit greatly from regular periodontal maintenance visits.