Some oral health problems are more common than others. One of the most common is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Besides causing symptoms like swelling, tenderness, bleeding, and bad breath, periodontal disease is also the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
The primary cause of periodontal disease is plaque, a sticky combination of food and bacteria. When plaque is given time to build up around teeth, it can harden and create the inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease. If left untreated, the gums may begin to pull away from the teeth, and the bone underneath may be affected, resulting in loose teeth.
But that’s not all that can happen. Periodontal disease has also been connected with health problems in the rest of the body, like heart disease, diabetes, pre-term birth, and stroke.
All of which makes periodontal therapy an important service.
At Gentle Dental Care in Tyler, Dr. Gerber will look for periodontal disease at every appointment. If we find any signs of the disease at all, we can recommend a periodontal therapy plan to help you improve oral health and treat the symptoms. Your customized periodontal therapy plan may only include care in our office, or it may also feature extra home care steps.
Are you worried that you may have periodontal disease? Call our Tyler dental office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerber and his team. We serve patients from Whitehouse, Bullard, Lindale, Flint, and nearby communities.