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Gum Disease
Tacoma, WA

Gum DieasePeriodontal refers to the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Periodontal disease, also known as Gum Disease, means that the tissue around the tooth is infected. This disease is attacking the gums and will lead to the attack of the bone that support your teeth. This infection is caused by plaque, which is a sticky film made up from the combination of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If you do not remove this plaque through daily brushing and flossing, it hardens at the base of your teeth into what we call calculus (tartar). By not removing plaque and calculus, they will work to destroy the gums and bone. Do you have Periodontal disease? It is easy to spot, it is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Periodontal Disease Risks

Periodontal Disease is the number one reason for tooth loss and other health problems have been linked to it such as, diabetes, stroke, pneumonia, bacterial infections, heart disease, and may even cause problems in pregnancy.

Personal oral hygiene, eating well, regular dental visits and not smoking can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:


Bleeding gums

Your Gums should never bleed, even if you have brushed vigorously or when flossing.

Persistent bad breath:

Bad breath is caused from bacteria in your mouth. We can help you.

Tenderness or pain:

Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

Red and puffy gums:

Your gums should never be red or swollen.

New spacing between teeth:

Are your teeth shifting their position? This may be a sign for concern.

Loose teeth:

This is a sign of tissue and bone loss, or receding.

Receding gums:

Can you see more of the tooth protruding from the gums? This is a sign of loss of gum around a tooth.

Puss around the teeth and gums:

Puss is a sign that infection is present.

Please contact our Tacoma WA office if you have any questions.

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Bird Family Dentistry
4707 S Junett St
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 777-0252

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