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An estimated half of adults over the age of thirty have some level of gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss. Plaque, bacteria and tartar, as well as certain health conditions, can contribute to periodontal and gum disease, which can jeopardize your oral health and overall health. If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, our team at Restore Dental offers treatment for gum disease at our dental center in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue. Certain health conditions can contribute to periodontal disease, but the main cause is bacteria, plaque and tartar on the teeth. If food debris is not removed from the teeth, bacteria can flourish, feeding on the debris and resulting in plaque. If plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar, which irritates the gums and may lead to infection. Symptoms of gum or periodontal disease include:

  • Swollen or tender gum tissue
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath

Not everyone with the early stages of gum disease has noticeable symptoms. The gums may be infected without bleeding or tenderness. However, if not treated, periodontal disease can deteriorate gum tissue and result in bone and tooth loss.

In the early stages of periodontal disease, it is possible to reverse the damage with treatment. Deep cleanings, medications and better oral hygiene can improve gum health. Later stages of gum disease can be controlled to stop further damage with root planing and other treatments for periodontitis.

Routine dental cleanings and checkups are important to prevent and identify gum disease. If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, contact us at Restore Dental to schedule a dental cleaning and periodontal exam. Call our office in Highlands Ranch to book your next checkup.

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