Gum Disease is a general term used for many forms of gum infection. Gum infections happen when high levels of bacteria and tarter accumulate on the teeth and underneath the gums. Gum disease come in many levels of severity, from gingivitis to periodontal disease resulting in bone loss.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Patients will experience tender swollen gums that bleed easy when flossed or brushed. Gingivitis can be cured with the help of our dental hygienists, oral hygiene instruction and patient compliance. If left untreated, the same bacteria that cause swollen gum tissue will travel down into the bone that holds in the tooth. This is called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is treated by deeper cleanings that get down to the base of infections.
Our goal at Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is to prevent, diagnose and treat all forms of gum disease.