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 has many levels of severity, from gingivitis (inflamed gums) 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 reversed with the help of our dental hygienists, oral hygiene instruction and home-care patient compliance. If left untreated, the same bacteria can cause bone loss and develops into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease requires deeper cleanings that get down to the base of the bone and can result in tooth-loss if not properly maintained.
Our goal at Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center is to prevent, diagnose and treat all forms of gum disease.