The word “periodontal” means “around the tooth.” This refers to the gum and bone tissues that surround and support the teeth in your mouth. When the bacteria in plaque and tartar attack these tissues and cause inflammation and infection, then periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) has developed.

Many people are unaware that they have this condition because its early stage (called gingivitis) is normally painless. Red, swollen, tender gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss are common symptoms. In later stages, gingival recession, bone loss, and loose teeth are common characteristics of this disease. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, and it has been linked to other conditions such as stroke, pneumonia, osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.

At Dr. John D. Verville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide periodontal treatment to help you keep your smile in good health. If you believe that you have developed gum disease, then it is important to see our dentist as soon as possible for treatments to heal your gums before too much tissue is destroyed. With deep cleaning procedures, scaling, root planing, and antibiotics, Dr. John Verville can treat your condition. Call our office today to learn more about how we are able to treat gum disease in Fleming Island, Florida.