If you want a healthy beautiful smile, taking care of your teeth isn’t enough. You need to take care of your gums as well. Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease (gum disease).

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What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of your gums and the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

There are three stages of periodontal disease, with the negative side effects and chances of tooth loss increasing at each stage:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced Periodontitis


Do I Have Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is relatively painless, so you may not even know you have it. However, there are some warning signs that can signal a problem, including:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums pulling away from your teeth
  • Loose or separated permanent teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or taste
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of your partial dentures, if applicable
The only way to know for certain whether you have periodontal disease is by scheduling an appointment with your dentist. Once at our office, your dentist will run a series of tests. First, we will check the depth of the gum pockets between your teeth and gums. Next, we will gently check for inflammation, bleeding, loose teeth, and bone loss. Based on our findings, we will determine the stage of your periodontal disease and recommend your treatment, if necessary. For more information or to schedule your appointment, contact Family Dentistry of Boynton Beach today.