What is gum disease?

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a condition that begins with plaque and tartar accumulating on the tooth surfaces. Bacteria in plaque irritate and inflame the gum tissues; if left untreated, it can develop into a serious infection that causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. Advanced periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and receding gums.

What is gum treatment?

Periodontal care, or gum treatment, is designed to treat periodontal disease and return your smile to good health. Our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann, will carefully evaluate your smile to determine what form of gum treatment will be best for your specific needs. Treatment for gum disease in Carlsbad, California, may include additional professional cleanings, antibiotic treatment, deep cleanings (scaling and root planing), or, for serious cases, gum surgery.

Do I have gum disease?

If you notice that your gums are swollen, tender, or redder than usual, you may suffer from the early signs of periodontal disease. Bleeding gums are also a sign of gum disease. For more information, and to schedule your next visit to our comfortable office, we encourage you to contact us today. We are dedicated to improving your dental health.