Your overall health is directly tied to the health of your smile. Gum disease can not only result in severe problems for your oral health, but it can also lead to cardiovascular and respiratory issues and can cause complications with diabetes. If you have noticed symptoms of gum disease in your mouth, call Pleasant Avenue Dentistry at 218-237-7200. Our dentists, Dr. Ben Sitz, Dr. Elise Soulliere or Dr. Carolyn Disse, will be happy to see you for periodontal treatments in Park Rapids, Minnesota.
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, the gums can eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss and gum tissue recession.
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. Following an exam at our office, our dentists and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentists may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral 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 treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!