Written by: on December 24, 2014 @ 8:03 am


What is gum disease? Periodontal disease is a serious and widespread dental health issue, one that can threaten the stability and appearance of your smile. In order to avoid the more serious consequences, such as adult tooth loss, you must be able to recognize the early warning signs and seek treatment immediately.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Why do we develop gum disease in the first place? The disease often begins as a result of gum inflammation. Once the gums become inflamed, they may pull away from the tooth. As pockets form at the gum line, bacteria can enter them and cause periodontal disease to form. Common causes of inflammation include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Hormonal fluctuation
  • Certain medical treatments
  • Chronic illness
  • Family history

In order to recommend treatment, we will need to first discover the cause of your disease.

Recognizing the Symptoms

How do you know if you’re at risk of developing gum issues? You need to know how to recognize the symptoms. Common warning signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Sore gums
  • Red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

If one or more of these symptoms sound familiar, then you may need to schedule an appointment right away for a diagnosis and to discuss your treatment options.

How Do I Treat Gum Disease?

For gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal problems, you may simply need a thorough dental cleaning. The doctor will remove plaque, which can cause inflammation, from the teeth. We will then discuss ways to improve your oral hygiene. For actual gum disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, this removes plaque from the tooth and the roots. Finally, for serious gum issues, we may suggest Perio Protect. This treatment uses medicine-filled trays worn for a set amount of time each day to promote healing of the gingival tissue.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

Catogories: Gum Disease

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