What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection in your gums. Because our mouths are full of bacteria from the food we eat, it is necessary to have excellent oral hygiene habits in order to avoid infection. In the early stages of gum disease, it can be reversible, but once you have it, you may have a hard time keeping it under control unless you take the steps necessary to keep it at bay.
When you visit our office for your dental exam, we will take measurements of your gums to determine if they are completely healthy. Any time you see blood or if you have pain when you brush or floss, that is an indication that something is going on and we should have a look at it.
Dr. Jeffrey Robertson will perform a thorough exam and if he sees any signs of gum disease, he will help to create a plan to treat it. Treatment may include special deep dental cleanings, more frequent dental cleanings, special medication or rinses, and increased home care. Each treatment plan will be based on what will work best to support your health.
With proper treatment, you will likely be able to get your gum disease under control and as long as you maintain your home care and office visits, you should be able to keep it that way. Dr. Jeffrey Robertson is here to support your health and make sure you are set up for a healthy dental future.