Among the most common afflictions Dr. Jason M. Peterson sees as a periodontist is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Gum disease is an often painful infection of the gums and soft tissues that eventually leads to gum loss. It begins as gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, and can quickly progress. If left untreated, gum disease can even cause tooth and bone loss. It is our goal as a periodontal office to treat all of the conditions and diseases that affect your gums, including gum disease.
You may have gum disease if you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Gums that bleed easily, especially when you brush or floss your teeth
- Loose teeth, which occurs as the gums lose strength to support your smile
- A receding gum line, causing teeth to look abnormally long
- Persistent bad breath
- Lumps or cysts on the gums
- Unusually red gums
- Tender, swollen gums
If you are worried about the state of your gums, we invite you to contact our dental office as soon as possible. We would love to share more with you about how we treat gum disease in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and what we can do to take care of your smile.