Your periodontal health (the health of your gums and supporting oral structures) is essential to your overall health. Studies show that many medical issues such as heart disease and diabetes can start from poor oral health; the connection between your mouth and your body grows more apparent every day.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection caused by bacteria in plaque. When plaque builds up on the teeth, the bacteria irritate and inflame the gum tissue causing gingivitis which in more advanced stages is periodontitis. Gingivitis, red, tender, bleeding and swollen gums can be controlled and even reversed with professional cleanings and improved at-home care if the condition is diagnosed and treated early.

If undiagnosed in its early stages gingivitis can develop into periodontitis which typically involves gum recession leading to tooth and bone loss typically requiring more involved treatment.

Good oral health is a priority at Brenner Dental of Park Slope, call us to schedule your appointment 718-638-6607.

Gum Disease infographic