What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is the loss of bone from around the teeth resulting from chronic infection and inflammation.
Periodontal disease often referred to as gum disease, can be painless until it reaches a very advanced stage involving permanent damage to the bone holding the teeth in place. When symptoms do become apparent, they can include consistent bad breath, receding gums, red or bleeding gums, new spaces between teeth, and loose teeth. Unfortunately, many people tend to ignore a few of these signs (particularly bad breath and bleeding gums), thinking that this is normal. It's not normal, and you should always have these types of symptoms checked out.
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is with regular professional cleanings and exams. Our hygienist, Rachel, can clean areas around your teeth and gums that are inaccessible to toothbrush bristles, floss, and water-picks. She has a gentle touch, yet still does excellent, thorough cleanings. Cleanings with Rachel are often the first line of defense. If she notices anything concerning, she will notify Dr. Gray right away. With regular cleanings and exams, we can detect periodontal disease at early stages before obvious symptoms appear and irreversible severe damage occurs.
Rachel is personable and experienced. She would tell me what she was doing and looking for with the teeth and provided good health care advice. She handled the water pick well being very careful with it in sensitive spots. I think it was a thorough session, both in cleaning and in the examination and advice. ~ R.K. , Loveland
Love Rachel! She is a wonderful member of your team. Always friendly and upbeat. Makes the dental visit a pleasure! ~ H. B.