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Periodontal disease is an easily preventable oral health condition where the natural bacteria in your mouth cause the inflammation of sensitive gum tissues. When residual food particles and plaque are not effectively removed by your daily oral hygiene regimen, they can gradually start to harden into tartar. Once this happens, it can be extremely difficult to remove without a thorough dental cleaning at Family Dental Associates.

If gingivitis is not remediated and further prevented by renewed oral hygiene habits, periodontal disease will inevitably progress into dangerous periodontitis. When this happens, the inflammation in the gum tissues starts to make the gums recede from the base of the teeth. As time goes on, pockets of infection start to form near the roots of your teeth.

Periodontitis can eventually result in the loss of bone structure in the part of your jaw that anchors your teeth. In some cases, advanced periodontitis requires surgical intervention or prescription antibiotics to effectively treat and resolve the problem.

If you live in the Greenwood, Mississippi, area and you have gum disease concerns, you should call 662-453-5536 to seek diagnosis and treatment from our dentists, Dr. Hodges and Dr. Whites.