Periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease, is a serious dental disease that affects an estimated four out of every five people. Gum disease is an infection that attacks the bone and tissues that surround and support your teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by a build-up of plaque and calculus on the teeth and gums. When left untreated, periodontal disease can deteriorate your jawbone and cause tooth loss. In addition, periodontal disease has been linked to:

  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

If you have any of the following symptoms, our dentist may treat gingivitis in Zanesville, Ohio:

  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
  • Red, swollen, or sore gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste that will not go away
  • Gums that pull away from the teeth
  • Formation of deep pockets between the teeth and gums
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • A change in your bite

Dr. Brian J. Waggle provides deep cleaning services, including scaling and root planing, to help protect you from periodontal disease and its risks. Depending on your individual situation, other treatments may be necessary to help improve your oral health.

In many cases, periodontal disease is completely preventable. In order to avoid periodontal disease, it is important to floss at least once and brush at least twice a day, maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and regularly attend your appointments with our dentist. For more information on periodontal disease and how we treat it, please call Northpointe Dental today.