What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition caused when plaque bacteria infect the gum tissue surrounding and supporting teeth. If plaque and tartar are not cleaned from the surface of teeth regularly, they can extend below the gum line and cause tissue to swell and bleed. This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it can often be easily reversed when you visit our dentist at Dr. John D. Verville Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry for a professional cleaning. Maintaining rigorous oral hygiene practices at home afterwards is an essential part of treatment as well.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance into more serious stages of periodontal disease. Other types of this condition include:

  • Chronic Periodontitis: This stage can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets.
  • Aggressive Periodontitis: This type is characterized by rapid loss of gum attachment and bone tissue.
  • Necrotizing Periodontitis: This affects the periodontal ligaments and jawbone, and it usually occurs in those with systemic conditions like HIV, immunosuppression, and malnutrition.
  • Periodontitis Caused by Systemic Diseases: This type often occurs at an early age and is associated with respiratory disease, diabetes, and heart disease.

When you visit Dr. John Verville for periodontal treatment in Fleming Island, Florida, we can help improve your oral health with deep cleaning, scaling, root planing, and other procedures that will restore the health of your gums. Call us today if you think you suffer from periodontal disease and want to receive treatment from our compassionate dentist and team.

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