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Gum Disease

Gum disease or periodontal disease refers to an inflammatory disease around both the gums and hard structures that support the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease affects almost half of all people over 30 in the United States but can be reversed or stabilized if caught early.

Signs of Gum Disease

Here are signs that you need to see your dentist in Petworth as soon as possible:


  • Swollen or inflamed gums

  • Gums that feel tender

  • Gums that bleed easily

  • Bright red, dusky red, or purplish gums

  • Spitting out blood when brushing or flossing your teeth

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Pus between your teeth and gums


Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease where your gums are swollen and bleed when you brush or floss. At this stage, with a combination of dedicated at-home oral hygiene habits and professional cleanings and treatment, your gum health can be restored. 


However, if left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis which is a far more serious disease that can cause not only tooth and bone loss in your jaw, but you may be at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other systemic diseases.

Treatment of Gum Disease

Depending on how advanced your periodontal disease is, the treatment will vary. No matter what symptoms you’re experiencing, it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible with Dr. Fitz so she can treat your needs accordingly at our dental office in Petworth, or refer you to a trusted periodontal specialist.

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