What is gum disease?

Simply put, gum disease (periodontal disease) is a serious infection in your mouth. Because our mouths constantly have bacteria, we need to brush and floss to keep them healthy. It is also necessary to have professional dental cleanings to remove the bacteria from the areas that you cannot reach with brushing and flossing alone.

Beth Kreider DDS and our dental hygiene team will do a special exam to determine the health of your gums. We can inform you if you are missing any areas when you brush and help you get your technique perfected. You can look for common symptoms of gum disease, too, including bleeding or swelling of the gums. If you have problems that last more than a couple of days, call us and we can help you get back on track to excellent health.

In recent years, doctors linked gum disease to serious systemic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and respiratory diseases. That is why maintaining your oral health is so important.

We treat gum disease with a special cleaning that gently sterilizes your gums and teeth. We remove all plaque and tartar and recommend more frequent dental cleanings, if necessary. In some cases, we may recommend additional rinses or medication placed directly at the site to assist with healing.