What is gum disease? Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line than can eventually affect the bone that supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advance periodontitis. It is caused by bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed through brushing or flossing it can harden and turn into tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional. Visit Jeffrey P. Feffer DDS, MPS & Associates in Lakeview for regular teeth cleanings to remove plaque and tartar build up.
Signs & Symptoms:
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth feel
- Visible pus surrounding teeth and gums
- Pain when chewing food
- Teeth that are overly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures
Prevention & Treatment:
- Brushing and flossing regularly can greatly lower your risk of gum disease. Using antibacterial toothpaste or mouth rinse can kill bacteria lessening the amount of plaque.
- By scheduling regular checkups at Jeffrey P. Feffer DDS, MPS & Associates in Lakeview early stage gum disease can be treated before it becomes a much more serious problem.
- More advanced gum disease can be treated through scaling and root planning. Our dental hygienist will use a scaling device to remove plaque, tartar, and food debris around the gum line, and hand scales the tooth and root surfaces to make them disease free.
- If you have severe periodontal disease, surgery and bone grafting may be necessary.
It’s important to have your teeth checked regularly by our dentists in Lakeview. Schedule an appointment by calling our office at 773-348-3668. Our office is located at 561 W Diversey Pkwy, Suite 203 in Lakeview. We’re here to help!