Warning Signs of Gum Disease


Gum disease, caused by plaque remaining around the gum lines of the teeth, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults.

Also known as periodontal disease, it is important to notify us if you have any of the following early warning signs:

  • Gums that bleed easily, or during and after tooth brushing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Change in the fit of your partials or dentures

Periodontal disease is not just inflammation, but infection as a result of bacteria built up in the plaque, the tartar, and in the gum tissue that the body’s immune system can no longer contain or reverse.

Call Palmer Dental for an expert diagnosis and recommendations for a gum disease treatment plan to restore oral health.

Gum Disease Treatment Plans for Patients of All Ages


Because periodontal disease symptoms can be difficult for an untrained eye to recognize, it is vital to schedule regular check-ups at our family dentistry practice to protect and maintain oral health and for prevention of the development of major problems.

Our comprehensive and accurate diagnosis dictates the appropriate gum disease treatment plan for our patients of all ages to improve the potential for success.

The main goal of our periodontal disease treatment is to control the infection. Depending on the extent of the disease, the number and specific types of treatment will vary. However, these are some of the general procedures we may use or recommend:

  • The patient must maintain good daily care at home
  • Evaluation of behaviors such as dietary or smoking to improve treatment outcomes
  • Plaque removal with deep-cleaning method of periodontal scaling and root planning
  • Surgical treatments for severe progression of the disease

While appropriate professional treatment by our dentist and staff is important, we urgently stress that the highest priority for plaque control is effective daily oral hygiene by our patients of all ages.

Call our family dentistry to schedule regular appointments with our dental hygienist and dentist.

Periodontal Disease May Affect More Than You Think


There is a potential risk that the bacteria causing periodontal disease may get into your blood stream and spread throughout your body.

Recent studies indicate that this disease may be a contributor to conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Preterm birth

Early gum disease treatment is vital to avoid surgical treatment. That is why we strongly recommend a routine schedule for professional dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. While dental cleanings are not a gum disease treatment, they are an extremely important preventive measure for patients of all ages in avoiding its development.

Call Palmer Dental to schedule a checkup by our dentist or dental hygienist to protect and maintain oral health. 480-757-0882