Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film that is always forming on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that produce harmful toxins. If teeth are not cleaned well, the toxins can irritate and inflame the gums. Healthy gums are not swollen and do not bleed.
We consistently monitor our patients for the beginning stages of periodontal disease. We take six measurements around each tooth of our adult patients. Cavity detecting x-rays will show bone loss which comes from more advanced stages of the disease. Periodontal disease effects your overall health so preventing it is much better than waiting until you need treatment.