The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth. These structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Recent research indicates a strong connection between the health of the gums and the rest of the body. Uncontrolled periodontal disease is highly correlated with diseases of the cardiovascular system. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that have pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be signs of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state.
If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or periodontal therapy done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.