Gum disease typically goes untreated by many people who only visit the dentist if they are in pain – and gum disease usually isn’t painful. Besides the obvious symptoms below, gum disease has been shown to contribute to a much higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Every person should want to have regular checkups and teeth cleanings even though there is no pain.
Gum therapy, also called periodontal therapy, is a treatment for anyone who has gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease include:
Bleeding gums when brushing teeth
Persistent bad breath
Professional hygienists are specially trained and licensed to treat periodontal disease, unless it has progressed beyond a certain stage – then the patient is typically sent to a gum therapy specialist, called a Periodontist, for gum surgery.
Let the hygienists at Texas Dental Specialists save you from gum surgery – schedule a cleaning and periodontal exam right now!