Gum disease, also called periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the tissues and bone that support the teeth.
Gum disease is generally caused by a buildup of plaque, which is a colorless and sticky layer of germs that naturally forms on teeth and gums. This plaque contains bacteria and other particles, which produce toxins that damage your gum.
Gum Disease Treatment
Some ways we treat gum disease are:
- Gum disease therapy: This involves the removal of plaque and tartar (the underlying cause of the disease) from teeth above and below the gum line.
- Antimicrobials & Antibiotics: These and other medications are often used together with gum disease therapy to stop the spread of infection and inflammation in the mouth.
- Surgery: If the disease if left untreated for a prolonged period, the only successful form of treatment may be surgery.