Periodontal Disease


Periodontal disease is subtle. It begins without any obvious signs or symptoms and slowly damages the gums until bad breath, tooth loss, and bite misalignment occur.

Because 75% of adult patients suffer from gum disease, early treatment and prevention are key. Here at Stutsman Dentistry, we will work closely with you to save your smile.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the mouth. When oral bacteria builds up and hardens, the soft tissues of the mouth become inflamed.

What Are the Causes of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque along the gum line. Plaque hardens into tartar, and the tartar produces toxins that can irritate the gums and eventually force them to deteriorate.

Regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits can prevent gum disease, but if you are already suffering from this infection, Doctors Stutsman provide successful treatment methods.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

You may notice signs like:

  • Red and tender gums.
  • Swollen or irritated gums.
  • Receding gums.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Change in bite or fit of dentures.
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing.
  • Chronic bad breath.

While some patients notice the signs of gum disease, many others do not discover periodontal disease until it is in the more advanced stages. Your experienced dentist can notice the signs of periodontal disease before you do. Keep up with your regular dental checkups to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Our highly-trained hygienists are committed to helping you overcome gum disease and other periodontal issues by focusing on the causes of the problem, not just the symptoms. We recognize that while gum disease may originate in the mouth, it can impact the health of the whole body. Each treatment is tailored to each patient’s situation.

Call today to set up your consultation to learn more about your oral health at Stutsman Dentistry.