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What do you know about gum disease? You probably know that it can lead to other problems, such as gum disease and sore gums, but did you know that it could lead to more serious issues? Many Americans suffer from gum disease without realizing it, and if you have gum disease and don’t recognize it, your condition could actually become more serious.

If bacteria gets beneath your gum line you could have to cope with a gum infection known as periodontitis. Sadly, periodontitis can lead to a number of serious issues. In fact, if you have periodontitis, your gums and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place could be damaged. As you may have guessed, this issue can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis can only be properly treated by a dental professional.

You should also know that if gum disease gets too serious, you may need surgery to reverse it. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments you can consider before surgery becomes a necessity. Improved oral hygiene could be enough to address gum disease. Often, a routine cleaning is enough to help you prevent or fight off gum disease. In more severe cases, our team could recommend a deep clean, which is also called scaling and root planing.

Please remember that gum disease is relatively easy to treat if it’s caught early. This is one reason it’s important for you to visit our team once every six months. If you are interested in learning more about how you could prevent or address gum disease, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, we invite you to contact Tammy Perison, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dental Care at 716-674-5256. Dr. Tammy Perison and our team are excited to hear from you soon.