Are your gums sore, inflamed, or redder than usual? Do your gums bleed easily? If you notice the early signs of gum disease, we encourage you to set up an appointment with Dr. Fink. We are pleased to provide treatments that can help you prevent and stop the progression of periodontal diseases. Call us today at 602-942-4260.
What are some risk factors? You may be at risk for gum disease if any of the following apply to you:
- Tobacco and alcohol use
- Systematic disease
In addition, the following types of prescription drugs may also increase the risk of gum disease. Talk with Dr. Fink if you are taking:
- Cancer therapy drugs
- Oral contraceptives
- An anti-epilepsy drug
- A calcium channel blocker
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
- Gum tissue recession.
If your gums are swollen, red, tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease.
Other common symptoms include:
- Loose teeth,
- Painful chewing,
- Persistent bad breath, and
- Receding gums
“What should I do?”
First, set up an appointment to visit with Dr. Fink. Following an exam at our office, Dr. Fink will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend
- Additional professional periodontal maintenance
- Improved at-home oral hygiene
- Antibiotic treatment
- Scaling and root planing (deep cleanings)
- Gum surgery
We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. We look forward to caring for your smile!
For more information on periodontal treatment, or call our office at 602-942-4260.