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If you have questions about gum disease, you’re not alone. Gum disease is a complex and complicated dental problem that raises many questions for many patients. To help you find the answers you’re looking for, our periodontist, Dr. Ali M Arastu, is happy to give you the answers to commonly asked questions about gum disease.

Q: What is gum disease?
A: Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth and along the gum line. The first stage of the disease is called gingivitis. The second stage of the disease is called periodontitis. If you ignore the disease and let it progress, it can result in receded gums as well as loose and lost teeth, and a deteriorated jawbone.

Q: What are the symptoms of gum disease?
A: For gingivitis, the signs include persistent bad breath as well as red, swollen and bleeding gums. For periodontitis, the signs include receding gums, gum pockets, tender gums, loose teeth and lost teeth.

Q: What are the treatments available for gum disease?
A: For gingivitis, a routine dental cleaning can treat the problem. For periodontitis, scaling and root planing, laser therapy, gum grafts, bone grafts and other invasive treatments can help treat the problem.

If you have additional questions that weren’t included in this blog, or if you would like to know more about gum disease treatment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, please reach out to our team at your earliest convenience. When you contact Periodontal Consultants at 215-463-6677, our dental team will be thrilled to help you!