There are many forms of periodontal disease, and because they can be virtually pain-free, most adults do not know they have gum disease until there is extensive infection. By measuring the space between your teeth and gums, Dr. LaRose and Dr. Smith can check for signs of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a less-severe form of gum disease and can usually be treated by brushing and flossing. Periodontitis is a serious threat to the bone and gums supporting to your teeth in that they may become irreversibly damaged. You have a great chance of preventing gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene at home, this includes brushing regularly and making sure to clean between your teeth. Eating a balanced diet and maintaining your regular dental cleanings will also greatly contribute to healthy gums. Make sure to pay attention to your symptoms which may include:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that have become separated from the teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth

These are general signs of periodontal issues, make sure you come into Kootenai Family Dental to get a thorough check on the health of your gums. Please call 208-966-6054 to make an appointment with the friendly team in our Coeur d'Alene, Idaho location.