Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums, bone, and pockets surrounding the teeth. A pocket is the space between your gum tissue and the root of your tooth. These pockets trap bacteria, and if left untreated, can cause painful inflammation of the gums and ultimately contribute to the destruction of gum tissue and bone.
Gum disease has been correlated with a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes, and should be controlled with great care. Early detection and diagnosis can make a huge difference in effectively treating gum disease. Dr. Hekmat offers a comprehensive, phased treatment approach that gently returns your gums and teeth to their optimum health.
If you think you may suffer from periodontal gum disease, please visit Dr. Hekmat for a complete evaluation.
Some warning signs of periodontal gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums (teeth appear longer)
- Obvious plaque, tartar or calculus
- Spaces developing between your teeth
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Sensitive teeth
- Teeth are loose or mobile