Periodontal disease is caused by plaque: a sticky film that is constantly forming on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that produce harmful toxins. If teeth are not cleaned well, the toxins can irritate and inflame your gums. Healthy gums are not swollen and do not bleed.
We monitor our patients consistently 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 signals the more advanced stages of the disease.
Periodontal disease can affect your overall health, so preventing it is much better than waiting until you require treatment.