Gum Disease

Gum Disease Experts in Chesterfield, MI

Gum disease, a.k.a. periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the gum tissue. Over time, tartar and plaque build up and erode the bone structure around the tooth root. This irritates the gums, causing them to pull away from the tooth and eventually leading to tooth loss, especially in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not even know you have it.

Signs of Gum Disease:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that are red, swollen, tender, and/or bleeding
  • Receding gums
  • Teeth that are loose or sensitive

Factors that raise your risk of developing gum disease:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Genetics
  • Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause
  • Diabetes
  • Certain Medications

Scientific studies show a connection between gum disease and serious systemic health problems including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Blood Clots and Stroke
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

Treating Gum Disease

Scaling and Root Planing — Scaling removes plaque and tartar below the gum line using a gentle ultrasonic device and specialized hand tools. Root planing delicately smooths the surface of the tooth and root, eliminating rough spots where bacteria can grow.

When we perform scaling and root planing procedures, we make sure our patients are as comfortable as possible by numbing the area being treated. We also divide this task into two visits, deep cleaning half of your mouth each time.

Once the process is completed, we suggest the following to maintain healthy gums:

  • Brush twice a day for two minutes each time
  • Floss daily
  • Use an ADA-approved antimicrobial mouth rinse
  • Seeing us every 3-4 months for routine cleanings and exams

If you are experiencing any symptoms or simply want to begin a healthy oral hygiene routine, schedule an appointment today! We are proud to treat patients from Macomb, New Baltimore, Mount Clemens, Harrison Township, and the surrounding areas.