Periodontal disease can threaten the health of your teeth and gums. Fortunately, the disease can be effectively treated if you receive treatment as soon as you notice signs of a problem. Our Springfield, MA, dentist, Dr. Laura Gramse, discusses common signs of periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is more commonly called gum disease. If untreated, the disease can damage your gums, jawbone and the ligaments that help keep your teeth firmly in place. Failing to remove plaque, a sticky film that contains bacteria, from your teeth can cause gingivitis, the earliest phase of gum disease. The bacteria irritates sensitive gum tissues, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
Tartar, a hard deposit that form if you don't regularly remove plaque from your teeth, can worsen the disease. Because tartar can only be removed with special dental instruments, regular visits to our Springfield office offer an excellent way to reduce your periodontal disease risk.
How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?
Because the early symptoms of periodontal disease are mild, they're easy to overlook. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to schedule an appointment with our office:
The sooner you receive treatment for periodontal disease, the less likely you'll have to deal with the unpleasant consequences of the disease. Call our Springfield, MA, dentist, Dr. Gramse, at (413) 783-6907 to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms.