What is periodontal disease (gum disease)?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque; good oral hygiene can help to prevent periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and receding gums. In addition, untreated gum disease has been found to contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and high blood pressure. We provide gum treatment in Whitehall, Montana to restore your oral health and prevent these serious consequences.

How do you treat gum disease?

Periodontal therapy may include several types of treatment. Scaling and root planning, deep cleaning methods, can help to remove bacteria, plaque, tartar (hardened plaque), and infected tissue. We may also recommend antibiotic treatment, extra professional cleanings, or periodontal surgery to treat periodontal disease. If your gums are red, tender, or swollen, or if they bleed easily, you may suffer from gum disease. We urge you to contact our dental office today to learn more about periodontal treatment and to schedule your visit with Dr. Dennis Sacry, our skilled dentist. We look forward to improving your smile!