At Water Street Dental, our Summerside dentists provide periodontal therapy and gum disease prevention services, to help get you gums healthy, and keep them that way.
What is Gum Disease?
Your gums, along with the underlying bone, support teeth and anchor them into place.
Over time, bacterial plaque can collect on the teeth at the gum line. When this occurs, the gums turn from a healthy pink to an inflamed red color.
As the inflammation of the gums get worse, the tissue becomes puffy and may easily bleed. This is called gingivitis, and if not treated can progress to periodontitis.
When periodontitis occurs, the tissues that support your teeth become infected, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth creating pockets between the gums and the teeth.
Bacteria continues to spread into the pockets below the gum line and the body attempts to fight the infection. This can lead to bone loss and eventually loosen the teeth altogether.