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Periodontal Disease and Treatment Options in Phoenix

Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on studying the supporting structures of the teeth. Our team helps with diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions that damage the integrity of the surrounding structures that support your teeth to protect the health of your smile.

With professional treatment of gum disease, you can achieve a healthy smile. Call us today for a consultation!


What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an oral infection of the periodontal (gum) tissues that are responsible for holding your teeth in place. Although helpful and harmful bacteria both reside in your mouth, the more aggressive disease-causing bacteria can lead to serious oral health issues in the absence of proper oral hygiene routines.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

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Symptoms of gum disease can vary depending on the severity. Signs to look out for include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Longer-appearing teeth

Catching gum disease in its earliest stages significantly increases your chances at preserving healthy teeth. Contact us today if you have any of the above symptoms.

Stages of Gum Disease

There are multiple stages to periodontal disease. Each stage can affect your overall oral health.


This is the earliest phase of gum disease and the easiest to treat. Plaque buildup irritates and inflames the gums.


This develops when gingivitis is left to progress. The inner gum layer starts pulling away from the teeth, creating pockets.

Advanced Periodontitis

This is the most severe stage of gum disease. The fibers and teeth supporting the bone are significantly damaged.

4 Preventive Steps: Helping You Avoid Gingivitis

Prevention is always your best defense against the development of gum disease. Diligent oral hygiene between dental visits is essential to protect your gums and promote a lifetime of healthy supporting tissues. During your appointment, our team will perform the following to help improve your overall oral health:

  1. Patient Education - we help you understand the important connection between your oral health and overall well-being. Education helps you develop healthy habits and feel confident about your smile.
  2. Detailed Examinations – are used to evaluate the current state of existing restorations and health of your teeth, gums, and other surrounding structures. Regular dental exams help protect your oral health and general well-being. Dental examinations allow us to give tips on caring for your teeth and provide early detection of any issues — when they are most treatable.
  3. Thorough Dental Cleanings- for cleaning teeth, removing plaque and debris in the hard-to-reach areas that regular brushing and flossing cannot. This is essential to prevent gum disease, leading to early loss of the tooth. Professional dental cleanings also provide an opportunity for our team to compare the state of your oral health with that of previous visits and guide you in the right direction towards proper oral hygiene.
  4. Digital X-Rays and Imaging - for precise images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your overall oral health. X-rays are used to capture interior images of your teeth and gums to help identify problems and detect underlying gum disease.

How Does Periodontal Disease Affect Your Overall Health?

Gum infection can lead to serious overall health problems and tooth loss. Gum tissue becomes inflamed when your immune system is on the defense against the toxins found in plaque. The weakened tissue can become an entry point for bacteria and inflammation to travel through the bloodstream and access other body-wide areas.

Recent dental and medical evidence shows that gum disease can be influenced by the presence of other health problems including:


You are at an increased risk of developing gum disease if diabetes is already present. Oral infection can make it harder to manage this health condition as inflammation can interfere with blood sugar levels, even with the right amount of insulin.

Heart Disease

Increased bacteria can travel to the arteries, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Prenatal Concerns

Gum disease may also be associated with low birth weight or premature newborns due to numerous hormonal changes during pregnancy. The toxins found in harmful bacteria could reach the placenta through the bloodstream of the mother and increase the risk of normal development and delivery.

What is the Best Treatment for Gum Disease?

The level of periodontal infection present will determine which treatment has the best chance of improving your oral health. Gum disease treatments are designed to address the basic causes of the disease and remove harmful bacteria regularly.

How Can You Tell if You Have Bad Gums?

If you have gingivitis, your gums are typically red, swollen, and bleed easily. You may also have persistent and chronic bad breath. If you have periodontitis, the recession of the gum tissue can also make your teeth appear longer.

Can Gum Disease be Cured?

When detected early, the damage created by gum disease can be reversed through professional treatments coupled with diligent oral hygiene. There are many new options available using advanced technology to restore gums and teeth and to prevent further damage.

With gum disease treatment through periodontics at Brannon Smiles, our team can help you achieve a smile that looks and feels healthy once more. You deserve to experience long-lasting oral health. Call our dental office today to schedule an appointment!


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