Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection that can result in damaged gums and ultimately, loss of teeth. Symptoms include bleeding during brushing, chronic bad breath, red and swollen gums, receding gum line, and loose or shifting teeth. When plaque builds up along the gum line, gums become inflamed and begin to pull away from the teeth.
The early stages of gum disease in Chicago are classified as gingivitis, and if caught early on, the effects of the disease can be reversed. If plaque is allowed to collect along your gum line, it hardens into a substance called tartar, or calculus. Tartar can only be removed during professional cleaning and the more it accumulates, the more irritated gums become until they deteriorate completely.
Once the gums and bone begin to recede, the damage is permanent and can only be managed, not cured, with professional treatment. Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent the onset of periodontal disease in Chicago, but regular oral exams and cleanings are necessary to ensure that all plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth and that the signs of gum disease are caught before the damage is irreversible. Contact our office to learn more about Periodontal Disease Treatment in Chicago.