What Is Periodontal Disease?
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Are they red or swollen? Studies show that most Americans over age thirty have bleeding gums.
The fact is that swollen or bleeding gums are the first indicators of periodontal, or gum, disease. When left untreated, the disease can spread and infect your teeth to their roots. Over time, your teeth may get loose enough to need to be pulled.
“Peri” is Greek for around, and “dontal” means tooth. Periodontal disease, then, refers to the area around the teeth, including gums and jawbone. Contact your Arcadia, CA dental team if you find yourself with swollen or bleeding gums.