What is periodontal disease (gum disease)?

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Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a dental problem that can lead to several serious consequences, including tooth loss, receding gums, and bone loss. Caused by bacteria in plaque, periodontal disease results in irritation and infection of the gums. The aim of periodontal care is to restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. In certain cases, if periodontal disease is caught in its early stages, the effects can even be reversed.

Do I have periodontal disease (gum disease)?

When you visit us at Sunrise Valley Dental, our talented dentist and dental team will carefully examine your smile to check for signs of periodontal disease and other dental problems, such as tooth decay. Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Red or tender gums
  • Swollen gums that bleed easily
  • Receding gum tissue or teeth that appear longer than normal
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tooth pain when biting and chewing
  • Loose teeth

What should I do if my gums hurt or are swollen or bleeding?

If your gums hurt, or if they are swollen or bleeding, you may suffer from gum disease. We encourage you to contact us to schedule your visit with Dr. Kaur and to learn more about periodontal (gum) care in Herndon, Virginia.