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Periodontal Care

Treating periodontal disease may improve your overall health!

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection to gums or surrounding soft tissue caused by a buildup of bacteria. The best way to prevent such infections is to practice good brushing, flossing, and nutrition every day, but when the infection is too deep more extensive measures are needed.

Infections begin in small crevices where the tooth meets the gum, and can appear as only minor swelling or bleeding. As the infection progresses however, it moves deeper below the gum line where it forms large pockets of bacteria in and around the roots of the tooth. If these are left untreated they will decay the bones of the tooth and jaw, which may require extractions. Bleeding gums indicate an infection in the mouth and should be a cause for concern. Gums that bleed allow for bacteria to enter the blood stream and travel to other parts of your body where infection can set in.

See Dr. Tim Meyer and his professional dental team to determine your risk for periodontal disease. We provide gentle teeth cleaning, scaling and root planing.