Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It can cause inflammation, tooth loss, and bone damage. The infection starts when the gums become inflamed due to the bacteria found in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth.

Types of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, causing the gums to become red, swollen, and easily bleed. There is no or minimal discomfort associated with this stage of the disease.

  • Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients.

  • Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of gum disease and is frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.

Risk Factors Leading to Gum Disease

  • Smoking
  • Chew Tobacco
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications
  • Diabetes
  • Poor Nutrition

Preventing Gum Disease

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine along with regular visits every six months to your dentist can reverse or prevent gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing can help keep plaque to a minimum, which is the culprit that causes gum disease.

Treating Gum Disease

Several different treatments can help with gum disease. In certain cases, periodontal surgery may be recommended to treat gum disease when non-surgical treatment is ineffective. Other procedures, such as pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts, or bone regeneration, may be recommended to treat gum disease. If a tooth has been lost due to gum disease, dental implants are always an option for permanent tooth replacement.

Make an Appointment with Your Mobile, AL, Dentist Today!

We pride ourselves on enhancing the lives of our patients. In addition to periodontics, we offer a host of dental treatments, including early dental care, crowns and bridges, dental implants, root canals, and cosmetic dentistry. Our staff is professional, highly trained, and passionate about dentistry and our patients agree by leaving glowing reviews, as well as referring their friends and family to us. If you are looking for the best orthodontist in the area, contact us for an appointment or to ask questions. We want to help you maintain a healthy smile!

Phone: (251) 479-5157

116 S. Florida St.,

Mobile, AL 36606

Dr. William R. O’Neal, Sr.

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