What Is Gum Disease?

Bacteria creates toxins in the crevices of your teeth and gums. These areas where the bacteria dwell are difficult to access and if left untreated can lead to periodontal disease. Many adults have some form of periodontal disease,
and if neglected, the foundation of your teeth will deteriorate and ultimately cause loss of teeth.

To prevent the disease from progressing, we monitor your gum levels at every check up exam. We make measurements and assess whether the depths are signs of periodontal disease. A pocket of 3mm or less is considered healthy. A 4mm pocket
is an early sign of the disease. And a 5mm or above indicates an advanced stage of periodontal disease.

Early detection is extremely important and the disease needs to be treated with deep cleanings and a periodontal maintenance program. The goal is to manage the disease and bring your gums back to being healthy, and of course to prevent losing your teeth!


This video shows you the symptoms and health consequences of untreated gum infection.

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