At Evans Street Dental, we provide periodontal care to heal your gums from infection. Periodontal disease means there is an excessive accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar) around the teeth, which causes deterioration to your gums and jawbone. It can be characterized and identified by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone.
Because the early stages of periodontal diseases are usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include the following:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Increased spaces between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around the gums and teeth
- Receding gums around a tooth
- Red and inflamed gums
- Tenderness and discomfort
Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with periodontal disease. Untreated gum disease is dangerous. To avoid advancement in periodontal disease, patients should practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments. If there is any pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums, it is strongly recommended that you visit a dentist immediately. Call Dr. Shane Ellsworth and the team to learn more about how we can treat gum disease in McMinnville, Oregon.
At Evans Street Dental, we also offer our Dental Fitness Program to help you better understand your oral health, including your periodontal health. With this program, our dentist and hygienist will give you a score based on factors such as bleeding and plaque buildup to help you understand the current state of your oral health. We then work with you to set and achieve goals in improving your smile’s health, which can in turn enhance your overall health and wellbeing. To learn more and to join Evans Street Dental‘s Dental Fitness Program, we welcome you to contact us today!