Periodontal disease, which is also called gum disease, is a degenerative condition caused by harmful bacteria in plaque and tartar. To combat the negative effects of gum disease, we recommend you visit our team at least once every six months. During these visits we will offer you give you a thorough dental cleaning. This cleaning is useful to remove the plaque and tartar that cannot be removed by brushing alone. If your gums are left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to many complications such as:

• Inflamed or swollen gums
• Gums that bleed easily when cleaned
• Gums that recede from teeth
• The loss of bones, gums, and other tissue

Gum disease can be difficult to detect because there symptoms can often be linked to other dental complications. Fortunately, at Blissful Dental, our team is able to detect gum disease. Our dentist, Dr. Howard, may recommend one of several treatments based on your individuals needs. These treatments can range from a simple cleaning or recommendations for improved oral hygiene at home to surgery. If you would like any more information about gum diseases in Lanham, Maryland, please schedule an appointment with us today. We are eager to help you have the healthy, strong smile you deserve.