Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that supports the teeth, caused by the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, nearly clear film that constantly forms on your teeth). While seldom painful and frequently free of any obvious signs or symptoms, periodontal disease can progress undetected to the point where supporting bone is destroyed. Some options for treating periodontal disease that we provide include scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) and/or placing antibiotics (called Arestin) in deep pockets that are located in and around the teeth.
Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
- Do you ever have pain in your mouth?
- Do your gums ever bleed when you brush your teeth or when you eat hard food?
- Have you notices any spaces developing between your teeth?
- Do your gums feel swollen or tender?
- Have you noticed that your gums are receding (pulling back from your teeth) or your teeth appear longer than before?
- Do you have persistent bad breath?
- Have you noticed pus between your teeth and gums?
- Have you noticed any changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
- Do you develop sores in your mouth?
Call the experts at Harlingen Family Dentistry for an official check-up: 956-622-7991.