Sore, swollen, red, or bleeding gums as well as tooth pain or sensitivity and bad breath are warning signs of periodontal disease (gum disease). According to the American Academy of Periodontology, untreated periodontal disease may lead to tooth loss as well as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and premature/underweight babies.
The best treatment for periodontal disease is prevention. The mildest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care. Once it has progressed there are treatments available, Dr. Mimi can treat periodontal disease with antibiotic treatment or, if warranted, with a dental laser. With prompt attention tooth loss can be minimized or even eliminated. The most important thing is not to wait. If you suspect you have periodontal disease an immediate appointment is your best course of treatment.