Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Learn about your risk for gum disease at our Lafayette, LA dentist office

Gum disease is one of the most prevalent and most preventable diseases today and is estimated to affect over half of the American adult population. According to the CDC, one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease.

Gum Disease/Periodontal disease is an infectious disease of the mouth caused by the growth of bacteria on the teeth and gums in the absence of proper oral hygiene, regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups. Gums may become swollen, red, irritated and bleed. Over time, residual plaque hardens into tartar, which can irritate gums and can eventually lead to bone and tooth loss and other systemic issues like heart disease.

Brushing and flossing at home are essential, but to ensure teeth are healthy and thoroughly clean you should schedule regular checkups and professional cleanings with our office.