What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a condition that affects your gums and supporting oral tissues. Started by bacteria in plaque, gum disease can lead to a severe infection in your gums that may result in tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums when not properly treated.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

The following are common signs and symptoms of gum disease in Greenville, North Carolina:

  • Gums that look redder than usual
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Tooth pain when chewing
  • Teeth that look longer than usual, caused by a receding gum line
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tender gums
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss

If you notice these symptoms, we urge you to contact Dr. Natalie B. McCarthy’s dental office as soon as possible to receive the care you need.

What is gum treatment?

Gum treatment is based on your personal dental needs and the severity of the disease. Our dentist may recommend periodontal care that includes improved at-home dental care, antibiotic treatment, or scaling and root planing (deep cleaning treatments). For more severe cases, we may recommend gum surgery. To learn more about gum treatment and how we treat gum disease, please contact our office today.