4 out of 5 adults in the United States have gum disease – and many of them don’t even know it! At Plano Parkway Dental we offer treatments to help manage and fight periodontal disease so that you can once again enjoy a healthy mouth and smile. We invite you to call us at 972-468-1850 to learn more about periodontal disease and to schedule your appointment with our experienced dentist in Plano, Texas.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a bacterial infection of your gums and oral tissues. When left untreated, it develops from a mild inflammation (known as gingivitis) into a more severe condition (known as periodontitis). Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gums that are unusually red, swollen, or tender
- Inflamed gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Changes in your bite
- Changes in the fit of oral appliances (such as dentures)
- Pus between the teeth
The first step to fighting periodontal disease is to maintain good oral health through rigorous home care, regular dental checkups, and maintaining a balanced diet. However, there are some conditions that sometimes contribute to periodontal disease, and increase your risk of developing it. These conditions include:
- Crooked teeth
- Diabetes and other systemic medical conditions
- Certain medications
- Poorly-fitting dentures, bridges, or other appliances
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
We strongly encourage you to keep your regular dental appointments, and to seek treatment immediately if you feel that you may have gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to a number of major health issues, including heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, osteoporosis, pregnancy complications, and diabetes. When you visit our office for your treatment, Dr. Jesse Taylor will evaluate your mouth and design a customized treatment plan to begin combating gum disease. Your treatment may include deep dental cleanings, scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, or pocket irrigation. More advanced treatments may be provided if necessary.
For more information, and to schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist, please call our office today.