Periodontal Disease

  • Periodontal disease affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth.
  • Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease where the gums may become red, swollen, and bleed easily. In a recent survey, 63% of Americans age 13 and older exhibited some gingival bleeding.
  • If left untreated, gingivitis can advanced to periodontitis, a progressive disease that can lead to further destruction of the bone and tissue supporting the teeth.
  • Nearly 80% of all employed Americans have some form of attachment loss (gums are pulling away from the teeth).

Warning signs of periodontal disease include the following:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums.
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing.
  • Gums that pull away from the teeth.
  • Loose or separating teeth.
  • Pus between the gum and tooth.
  • Persistent bad breath.
  • Change in the way the teeth fit together when you bite.
  • Change in the fit of a partial denture.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting possible links between periodontal disease and other systemic diseases such as diabetes and coronary artery disease. The good news is that periodontal disease is treatable and preventable. In our practice, we provide you with professional care in our office and instructions on proper home care. Working closely with your general dentist, we want to help restore you to optimal oral health.

Ask yourself the following questions:

Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?
Are your gums red or swollen?
Are any of your teeth loose?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, call us today at (847) 253-7000 to schedule an evaluation appointment. We would be pleased to evaluate your periodontal health and discuss treatment options with you.