Gum disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. It is also called periodontal disease.
Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? If so, this may be an indicator of gum disease.
Two Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is mild gum disease that affects only the gums, the tissue that surrounds the teeth. Signs of gingivitis include swollen or puffy gums, receding gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, or changed color of the gums.
Periodontitis is gingivitis that gets worse and spreads below the gums to damage the tissues and bone that support the teeth. You are more likely to periodontitis if you do not clean your teeth well. Other causes of periodontal disease include smoking, diabetes, stress, and a poor diet.
Treatment of Gum Disease
Treatments to alleviate the effects of gum disease include deep cleaning, localized delivery of antibiotics, home care and regular follow-up.
If you are feeling symptoms of gum disease it is important to turn immediately to your dentist in order to treat the disease before it causes more damage to your teeth.
Call Dr. Feiner Today for a consultation on whether you could be suffering from gum disease or contact our offices in Ramat Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem.