Periodontics is a field of dental specialty that focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing gum disease and other problems related to the soft oral tissues. Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria in plaque. In the earlier stages of this condition (known as gingivitis), gum disease is more easily treatable and can often be controlled or even reversed with professional cleanings and improved at-home care. If this condition is untreated, it develops into a more severe condition known as periodontitis, which requires more involved and frequent treatments to keep under control.
Some common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Pain in your mouth, especially when chewing
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gum recession
- Loose or separating teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of your dentures or other appliances
- Changes in your bite
Our dentists and team will check for signs of periodontal disease at each of your regular visits. We strongly encourage you to maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home to minimize the risk of developing gum disease. If you are diagnosed with the disease, we will work with you to find a treatment to fight the disease and improve your oral health.
For more information about periodontics in Kingman, Arizona, and to set up consultation with our dentists, call Jennings & Larson Family Dentistry today at 928-757-3225.