A toothbrush with blood and toothpaste foam over a sink with blood from gum disease

What Is Periodontal Disease?

February 28, 2023 2:33 pm
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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection and inflammation in the mouth’s soft tissues (gums). The infection occurs when harmful bacteria get beneath the gum line and cause irritation. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. In this stage, the gum disease hasn’t done a significant amount of damage and can be treated with improved oral hygiene, a better diet, and a deep cleaning with scaling and root planing. But if the gingivitis continues to progress, it will turn into periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease that often requires laser gum therapy.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

Are you wondering if you may have gum disease and what to look out for? Gum disease may look different from person to person, but here are some general signs you can keep an eye out for:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bite changes
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Swollen, red gums
  • Tooth sensitivity

Laser Gum Therapy for Gum Disease

Laser gum therapy is a revolutionary dental treatment that is less invasive than traditional gum surgery. Laser gum therapy uses pointed, precise beams of light to kill bacteria and sterilize the gums, remove diseased tissue, and recontour the gum line. This precise laser results in only minimal bleeding as the light beam helps close blood vessels during tissue removal. Laser gum therapy is a great alternative to traditional gum surgery because it offers a variety of benefits for patients, such as:

  • More comfortable treatment process
  • Faster recovery after treatment
  • Improves the appearance of your gums and smile
  • Less invasive and more precise

We Can Check Your Gum Health!

Are you suffering from gum disease? At Bolt Family Dental, we offer a variety of treatments, including laser gum therapy. Our team can help you stop gum disease in its tracks and get your smile back into tip-top shape. Please contact us to schedule your consultation!