Cowley Dental Care

What does it mean if I have periodontal disease or gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when the gums are inflamed and infected. Though common among adults, gum disease is a serious condition that can impact your health and wellbeing. As gum disease progresses, a patient may experience bone and tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to heart and lung diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Fortunately, gum disease can be controlled and prevented through excellent oral hygiene and reducing certain health risks, such as quitting smoking. Cowley Dental Care can help protect your gum health through preventive periodontal care.

Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

If you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact us to schedule a dental checkup: 

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Bright red gums
  • Tender or sore gums
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

Gum Disease Treatment in Metairie, Louisiana

Gum disease can be treated through consistent dental care and periodontal therapy, including a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. This method of cleaning allows the dentist to remove plaque and tartar hidden below the gumline. 

Scaling and root planing prevents damage to surrounding bone and control the infection and inflammation. 

Protect Your Gum Health Today!

The only way to know for certain if you have gum disease, and to start prompt treatment, is to visit your dentist. The sooner your dentists can assess your condition and provide a diagnosis, the sooner you can receive necessary treatment.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with one of our dentists at Cowley Dental Care. 

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