Periodontics involves the study of diseases that affect the support network around the teeth, including the gums and surrounding bones. The well-known periodontal disease is gingivitis, which can frequently be easily managed with standard dental techniques. Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is caused by plaque build up. This irritation in the gums can cause bleeding while brushing, and if left untreated can progress into periodontal disease. Early symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth.
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
Gingivitis can be prevented when proper plaque control is practiced. Be sure to see your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings, and make sure to brush and floss daily.At Geelan Dental Care, we can provide Portland patients treatment plans and support for patients with periodontal disease. For advanced cases, we can also refer patients to a specialist who can take more drastic measures to maintain patient health.