Achieve Healthy, Strong Gums with Periodontal Care
More than half of Americans have some stage of periodontal (gum) disease. To help prevent gum disease and keep your mouth healthy, it is recommended that patients maintain proper oral hygiene through regular flossing and brushing, as well as dental exams and cleanings. In the event that you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, Dr. Robert F. Berger can treat your gums to restore optimal health. With proper periodontal care, patients in the Columbia and Elgin SC-area can take confidence in knowing that their teeth and gums are in good health.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a condition of the gums caused by excess bacteria in the mouth. The disease affects the gums and supporting structures (bones) around the teeth. The condition can seriously affect teeth, gum tissue, and jawbone structure.
If periodontal disease is not treated in a timely manner, serious dental and overall health problems can result. Periodontal disease has been linked to increased potential for heart disease, stroke, dementia, diabetes complications, and low birth weights.
Patients suffering from periodontal disease may experience mouth pain, gums that bleed when brushing and flossing, gums that appear to be receding, increased space between teeth, swollen or tender gums, and chronic halitosis (bad breath).