Periodontic literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal Therapy is designed to keep the tissue around your tooth – your gums – healthy and strong. You may be suffering from gum disease if your gums appear puffy or bleed.
You probably have heard gum disease referred to as gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. Left untreated, gum disease is the number one contributor to tooth loss and other oral health problems. Gum disease begins when the bacteria in plaque – that sticky substance that forms on and around your teeth – is allowed to get below the surface of your gums causing them to become swollen and inflamed.