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The Dangers of Gum Disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. It is a progressive bacterial infection in your mouth that can spread and infect other systems in your body, increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke, and some forms of cancer.
Seek Treatment Immediately
If you suspect that you could have gum disease it is vital to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your oral health as well as your overall health.
Dr. Gabriela Marquez at Waterside Dental in Port Charlotte is proud to offer periodontal treatment to our patients suffering with gum disease, reducing the need to be referred out to a periodontist.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, puffy, or painful gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Receding gums
- Mouth sores
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Scaling and Root Planing
When gum disease is caught early enough scaling and root planing can be a highly effective treatment solution for stopping the progression of the infection. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that removes tartar and bacteria from above and below the gum line.
Once you have been diagnosed and treated for gum disease it is important to receive professional dental cleanings more than twice a year. You will be moved to regular periodontal maintenance appointments to manage and control your gum disease.