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Some people think that tooth decay is the only major concern when it comes to dental health. But the truth is that gum disease is one of 

the most prevalent and concerning problems for dental patients. Periodontal disease is a form of gum disease that could cause major, irreversible dental problems if it isn’t treated in a timely fashion. Treatment options are available from Dr. Linda Beguin or Dr. Gary Steen at CenterCare Dental Group in Phoenix, AZ.

Americans and Gum Disease
According to estimates from the CDC, nearly 50% of American adults struggle with some form of gum disease. Sometimes it’s the beginning stages (plaque buildup or gingivitis), but about 8.5 percent of cases are severe according to the American Academy of Periodontology. A severe case of gum disease is called periodontitis.

What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. The gums slowly detach from the teeth as bad bacteria multiplies. Bad bacteria thrive in the plaque and tartar that forms around the gumline, which is why it’s so important to floss and get regular dental cleanings. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

– Deep pockets around the gums – these pockets are supposed to support the teeth.
– Bleeding gums (especially when you brush).
– Swollen, painful areas of the gumline.
– Loosened or shifting teeth.
– Bad breath that doesn’t go away after gargling and brushing.

Treating Periodontitis
When you’re diagnosed with periodontal disease it is imperative that you seek treatment immediately. These are common periodontal therapies offered at CenterCare Dental Group in Phoenix, AZ:

– Scaling and root planing.
– Periodontal surgery to remove bad bacteria and diseased tissue.
– Antibiotic therapy (topical or oral). 

Get Your Healthy Gums Back
A dentist at CenterCare Dental Group in Phoenix, AZ may be able to help improve the health of your gums with periodontal therapy. Call (602) 671-3956 today to set up an examination with Dr. Linda Beguin or Dr. Gary Steen.