What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue loss.

Do I have gum disease?

If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Dr. Parham will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.

What is gum treatment?

Gum treatment in Springdale, Arkansas is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our gentle dentists may recommend extra cleanings, improved at-home dental hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal therapy and gum treatment, we welcome you to call or visit us soon at J. PARHAM DENTISTRY. We look forward to caring for your smile!