What is Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that inflames the supporting and surrounding soft tissues. If left untreated, periodontal disease can also eventually lead to gum recession, and bond and tooth loss. If you are experiencing the signs of gum disease, Dr. Shannon Pye will thoroughly examine your mouth and develop an individualized treatment plan to combat the harmful bacteria in your mouth and help you regain your smile. For more information about periodontal disease in Walterboro, South Carolina, and to set up a consultation with our dentist, call us today at 843-549-5913.

There are several stages of periodontal disease, all of which become progressively worse as your condition advances. Gum disease begins with gingivitis, a mild infection of the gums. Gingivitis progresses into periodontitis and eventually develops into an aggressive disease that destroys oral tissues.

Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Unexplained or easy bleeding of the gums
  • Pain, redness and swelling in the gums
  • Longer-looking teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in the bite or in the fit of oral appliances
  • Pus oozing between the teeth

Periodontal disease may be caused by a number of factors, such as:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Tobacco usage
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy and menopause
  • Chronic stress and poor diet
  • Bruxism
  • Medications
  • Underlying medical conditions

If you have any further questions about the types, causes and symptoms of periodontal disease, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist by contacting our office today!

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