Periodontal (gum) disease is a bacterial infection in your gums and oral tissues. It begins as mild inflammation, and progresses in to a more serious, permanently damaging condition when left untreated. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States – in fact, 4 out of 5 adults have gum disease. Dr. Jesse Taylor provides gum disease treatments to help fight the disease-causing bacteria in your mouth and begin the process of regaining your oral health. To learn more about periodontal disease in Mount Pleasant, Texas, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, please call The Mount Pleasant Dentist today at 903-285-6369.

The best way to fight periodontal disease is to do everything possible to prevent it. By maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home, keeping your regular dental appointments, and maintaining a balanced diet you can greatly reduce your risk of developing gum disease. However, there are some conditions that may contribute to or increase your risk of developing periodontal disease, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes and other systemic medical conditions
  • Certain medications
  • Poorly fitted oral appliances (dentures, bridges, etc.)
  • Tobacco usage

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Gums that are red swollen, tender, and bleed easily
  • Inflamed gums
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in your bite
  • Changes in the fit of dentures or other appliances
  • Pus between the teeth and gums

Gum disease has been linked to a number of serious medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and pregnancy complications. We strongly encourage you to visit our dentist regularly, as regular dental appointments will ensure that gum disease is diagnosed promptly.

There are several strategies that Dr. Taylor may recommend for treating gum disease, including deep dental cleanings, scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, or pocket irrigation. If your case is particularly severe, more advanced treatments may be recommended.

If you have any questions, or to schedule your appointment with our dentist, please contact our office today.