What is Gum Disease?
Gum Disease (also know as Periodontal Disease/ Gingivitis/ Pyria) is a chronic bacterial infection that destroys the bone and gums used to support teeth. In most cases, people do not experience pain with gum disease until the disease is very advanced. There may be symptoms such as bleeding gums, swelling, bad breath, gum tenderness, tooth and root sensitivity, gum recession, loose teeth, or tooth loss. Research has shown links that gum disease or gum infections can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, low birth weight babies, and other health conditions.
Gum Disease begins when tartar and plaque forming under the gums. The bacteria that live in the tartar and plaque cause infections under the gum, that it left untreated will destroy gum tissue and supporting bone. Gum disease is treatable by removing the tartar, plaque, and bacteria under they gum. This treatment is called Scaling and Root Planing.
Scaling and Root Planning (Gum Therapy)