What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a degenerative dental condition that affects the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. When left untreated, however, gum disease can cause serious effects that impact your entire smile, as well as your overall health. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in plaque, which irritates and inflames the gum tissues. If not properly treated, this can eventually lead to a serious infection that results in receding gums, bone loss, and tooth loss. Common symptoms and signs of gum disease include:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Unusually red gums
  • Receding gums, making your teeth look longer than usual
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

Our dentists are committed to providing quality care for gum disease in Whitesboro, Texas, so your smile can stay in good health.

How do you treat gum disease?

If Drs. Collin Campbell and Minah Campbell identify the signs of periodontal disease, they may recommend additional professional cleanings, improved dental hygiene at home, deep cleanings (called scaling and root planing), antibiotic treatment, or other forms of periodontal care. We welcome you to contact our team at Whitesboro Dental today to learn more about gum disease treatment and to schedule your next appointment at our office.