Gum disease is a progressive oral disease that slowly causes deterioration to the structures of your mouth. Generally, it is caused by bacteria found in the buildup of plaque. Without proper cleaning and dental hygiene habits, these bacteria can begin to penetrate and infect nearby gum tissues. Then, your gums can begin to recess and pull away from your teeth. Eventually, periodontal (gum) disease causes bone and tooth loss as well as disintegrate the health of your oral structures.
Beginning signs of periodontal disease include red, swollen or tender gums that may bleed easily. (As a rule of thumb, healthy gums should not bleed.) With more advanced cases, symptoms may include loose teeth, chronic halitosis (bad breath) and gum recession. As a result of receding gums, your teeth may appear longer than normal.
If you are concerned about the health of your smile and feel you may have gum disease, come in for an oral evaluation with our dentist. Dr. Kelsey Fraser will be able to determine if you have periodontal disease and if necessary, will recommend gum disease treatment in Big Timber, Montana. For more information on periodontal treatment, please contact Big Timber Family Dental at 406-932-5919 and speak to one of our friendly team members.