What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that affects the gum tissues and is caused by bacteria in plaque. If the condition is not treated, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in tooth loss and bone loss.

How can I prevent gum disease?

There are several simple yet important steps you can take to prevent gum disease. Be certain to brush and floss your teeth every day; this helps to remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. Also be sure to visit us at Huckabee Family Dentistry for a regular dental exam and cleaning every six months. During these visits, we will check for signs of gum disease to ensure that you receive appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Common symptoms of periodontal disease include gums that are swollen, tender, red, and bleed easily. If your teeth look longer than usual, or if your teeth are loose, you may have periodontal disease.

What is gum treatment?

Periodontal treatment is designed to treat periodontal disease and restore your oral health. Gum treatment in may include professional cleanings, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. To discover how we can improve your oral health, please contact us today. Our friendly dentists, Drs. Sam and Melanie Huckabee, look forward to caring for your smile!