This is a specialty branch of dentistry that deals with the structures that support the teeth, primarily the gums. Healthy gums are a sign that you are taking good care of your mouth, and this is the first step towards healthy and strong teeth. There are several bacteria in the mouth of an average healthy person. These bacteria form a sticky, transparent covering over the teeth regularly.

If the mouth is kept clean (by brushing and flossing daily), this plaque is removed; however, if these healthy dental habits are not followed and plaque is allowed to build up in the mouth, it may harden and form “tartar”. While plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, tartar is not that easy to get rid of. You will have to see a dentist who will do this for you.

This bacteria build-up is responsible for causing inflammation in the gums, leading to a condition called “gingivitis”. The most common signs of this type of gum disease are swollen, red, and inflamed gums. Gingivitis is a mild kind of gum disease, which does not harm the bones and tissues that provide structure to your teeth and hold them in place. Another piece of good news is that you can get rid of gingivitis by simply brushing and flossing daily and getting your teeth periodically cleaned by a dental professional.

While gingivitis itself is not that big of a deal, if left untreated, it can lead to an advanced form of inflammation called “periodontitis” (i.e., inflammation in the area around the tooth). In this condition, the gums are pulled away from the teeth, and little, infected “pockets” are formed. The body responds to this infection attack, and the result is the breaking down of the bones and connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. This causes the foundation of the teeth to weaken; your teeth can now uproot and come off pretty quickly because the supporting structure comprising the gums, tissue, and bones are all destroyed.

While periodontitis is rare in people younger than 30, it is even rarer in those who brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly. However, milder forms of this condition, like gingivitis, are pretty common even in the younger lot. No matter how and at what age you have a gum problem, we have the solution. Better yet, don’t wait for your gums to start complaining; come down, and let us help you with our Periodontal Dentistry service avoid and gum disease altogether. Ring us up, and we will take it from there!