Gum Disease: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

dca-blog_article-37_periodontal-disease_1200x630

If your gums aren’t healthy, you’re not alone. Many adults currently have some form of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease or periodontitis. The condition ranges from mild inflammation to severe infection. Gingivitis is the name given to the mildest form of the disease. At this stage, the inflammation is often reversible. If it progresses to periodontitis, pockets of infection form between your gums and teeth. Without aggressive dental care treatment, the disease spreads into connective tissues and supporting bone structures, and you may lose your teeth.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

Bacteria-laden dental plaque builds up on the surfaces of teeth and causes infection of gum tissue. Brushing and flossing regularly helps to remove plaque. Ultimately, the most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Lack of access to dental care or an affordable dentist may also be a factor. Some diseases, such as immune disorders and diabetes, may predispose you to gum disease. It is also common in pregnancy and in people taking certain medications.

Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

If you experience any of the following symptoms of periodontal disease, see an affordable dentist for treatment as soon as possible.

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Pain while chewing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tender gum tissues
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Teeth that seem to appear longer
  • Receding gums

Treatment of Gum Disease

Good dental care and hygiene may be all that is needed to treat very mild forms of gum disease. A dentist called a periodontist treats advanced cases of periodontitis. The main goal of any treatment is to control infection; this can be accomplished in various ways. Your periodontist may use one or more of the following treatment methods:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Medicated chip insert
  • Medicated mouth rinses
  • Bone or soft tissue grafts
  • Flap or pocket reduction surgery

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Florida, call Advanced Dental Care of Florida today at (855) 979-3334 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Florida. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Florida, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Florida.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
They listen to your comments. They have state of the art technology. They don’t push unnessasary treatments.
Robin F.
Friendliness of the staff, early appointments (7am), was able to be seen quickly for pain.
Charlotte L.
I love coming here! The dental hygienist is so gentle and always makes me feel comfortable. The women dentist is so friendly and always gives me great tips for keeping my teeth healthy. Everyone is […]
Bridget M.
Consistent professional and courteous service from the dentist, orthodontist, hygienist and office staff. Our visits are always a good experience.
John K.
So happy with the dental services I have been receiving from Advanced Dental Care located on Gunn Highway. Very friendly environment and competent staff.
Jeffrey S.
Great experience.
John F.
Everyone is professional, yet friendly.
Valerie V.
Professionalism, thoroughness of staff. Full disclosure of costs and explanation of insurance coverage.
Aimee B.
Had a great experience! Staff is really friendly and caring.
Maria J.
Great customer service, Ramon and the doctor were both so wonderful!
Janet H.
Great front office staff/customer service, appointments run on time, great service all around
Amanda W.
I would recommend this office. Each of the staff members go above and beyond to address any issue you may have. They make you feel like you are part of their family. I wish I had found this office a […]
Mark G.
I have a lot of work to be done. So far my experience here has been a pleasant one. Courteous service prompt appointments caring staff.
Sherry D.
Dr. Akmal Ahmed just extracted 2 of my bad teeth and it was the nicest experience. I was afraid, but he listened to me. He numbed me so well, I didn’t feel the needles to numb me and I was so […]
Cathy
You answered all my questions and you were very helpful
Charles T.
Had a tooth extraction this morning. Dr. Torres and Kristina were great. I was dreading this extraction but it didn’t hurt a bit.
Eric L.
No pain…got an appointment next day
Bryan R.
Great staff and the doctors that have worked on me are all amazing and caring and truly helped me feel comfortable from start to finish
Tom M.
6 moth cleaning Joy as always was great!!!
Joseph G.
Exceptional service and amazing staff.
Justin H.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (855) 979-3334