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By Laura Elliff, DMD
September 23, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Oral health doesn't just include your teeth -- the condition of your gums is also essential. The habits for healthy teeth and gums go hand in hand, with brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings the basis of your oral hygiene routine. If you have been neglecting your dental care regimen, you are at risk for cavities, decay, and periodontal disease.

Dr. Laura Elliff of Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, can help you recognize the signs of periodontal disease so treatment can be administered quickly and effectively.

What is periodontal disease?

Also known as gum disease, this condition develops when bacteria in the mouth form into plaque. As plaque builds up on the teeth and along the gums, it can cause decay to your teeth and damage to your gums.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

  • Receding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are falling out
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Unusually sensitive teeth
  • Irritation when brushing and flossing

How can periodontal disease be treated?

Your dentist at our Batavia, IL, office will perform an examination and possibly take x-rays to determine if your periodontal disease has led to bone loss. Minor cases of periodontal disease are treatable with a deep cleaning by your dentist, which includes removing stubborn plaque buildup, polishing the teeth, and rinsing away any debris.

Periodontal disease that has reached severe stages may necessitate gum grafting or crown lengthening surgery. If you have lost a tooth as a result, a dental implant can fill the gap and restore your oral function.

Make sure to keep up with healthy eating, brushing, flossing, rinsing, and regular exams and cleanings from your dentist to help prevent periodontal disease.

If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, make an appointment with dentist Dr. Elliff of Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, by calling 630-482-7200.