Periodontal (Gum) Disease

GingivitisWhat causes Periodontal (Gum) Disease? Germs in your mouth collect on your teeth to produce a sticky film called plaque. Your gum tissues don’t tolerate germs well so they inflame and curry white blood cells to kill the germs. This early inflammation is called gingivitis, and your gums will bleed easily when your teeth are brushed.

If the germs stay on your teeth for an extended period of time, toxins are produced that damage the supporting bone and gum tissue around your tooth. The tooth becomes loose and may eventually fall out.

Overall health of the body is closely related to the health of the mouth, and various research has shown links between periodontal disease and diabetes, low birth weight, preterm birth, heart attack, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia.

To help prevent periodontal disease:

  • Brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day and floss once a day
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Have regular dental check-ups
  • Use additional aids as instructed by your dental professional
  • Use a sonic-type toothbrush (Phillips Sonic Care or Oral B Sonic)
  • Rinse with Listerine, once a day, Closys (alcohol free)
  • Use the prescription chlorohexidine rinse (Peridex or Periogard) once per day for 2 weeks, followed by once per week until next dental visit. (Do not use toothpaste before or after rinsing – dry toothbrush without toothpaste) Swish the rinse for 1 minute. Do not rinse or eat for at least one hour.
  • Colgate Total toothpaste with Tricoslan

If you have any questions, please call our office at 443-6160.

Gingivitus before - loose front tooth with inflammation and loss of bone

Before: Loose front tooth with inflammation and loss of bone

Gingivitus after - tooth extracted root removed tooth bonded back into place

After: Tooth extracted, root removed, tooth bonded back into place

Gingivitus before cleaning and scaling

Before cleaning and scaling

Gingivitus one week after cleaning

One week after cleaning