Dental health involves more than just your teeth. At First Choice Dental, we can help support your gum health with in-house periodontics.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a manageable but chronic infection of tissues that requires an effective, life-long treatment plan. As the disease attacks below the gum line, it causes the attachment between the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. Without periodontal disease treatment, teeth can eventually become loose and may need to be extracted. Because periodontal disease is usually painless, however, you may not know you have it. So schedule your checkup today!
Warning signs of gum disease
Do you suspect you or a loved one has periodontal disease? Get to know these common symptoms, and visit First Choice Dental for an accurate diagnosis.
- Gums that bleed easily (healthy gums do not bleed)!
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
- Permanent (adult) teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that live in the plaque and hard deposits on your teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums and bone.
In the early stage of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, the gums can become red and swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by having a thorough teeth cleaning and practicing daily brushing and flossing. In the more advanced stages of periodontal disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged. the teeth can become loose, fall out, or may have to be extracted by a dentist.
Periodontal disease cannot be cured, only managed. If your dentist diagnoses you with a mild or moderate form of periodontal disease, treatment may include a periodontal therapy conducted by a dental hygienist, followed by periodontal maintenance performed by hygienists in 3-month intervals. More severe cases of periodontal disease must be treated surgically.
The good news is that you can help prevent periodontal disease by brushing twice a day, flossing once per day, eating a balanced diet, and scheduling regular dental checkups.
World-class care for your gum health
First Choice Dental treats gum disease at every stage, and values your comfort with every step. But with regular checkups, First Choice Dental’s experienced staff will find periodontal disease early and can begin treatment at any of our locations.
October 24, 2018
Same Great People, Brand New LocationFirst Choice Dental loves our Madison East patients! After more than 20 years at our current office, we've decided it's time to for an upgrade. We would like to treat you to a brand new, state of the art clinic featuring covered parking, relaxing views of the Yahara River, and the same caring dental team you've come to know over the years. Read More
October 8, 2018
Gum disease is more common that you might think. If you’re 30-years-old or older, you might be one of the 40% of adults who suffer from periodontal or “gum” disease, an infection that weakens the tissues and bone that support your teeth. Read More
September 10, 2018
This year marks an anniversary that most people in Dane County don’t know anything about—but it’s one that almost all of us can be thankful for. Because back in 1948, Dane County started adding fluoride to our municipal water supply. And while that may not seem like a big deal, studies prove that people who live and grow in communities with fluoridated water experience less tooth decay. A simple, cost effective way to help everyone have heathier teeth? At First Choice Dental, we think that’s something to celebrate. Read More