What is gum disease?

Your gums play an important role in keeping your smile healthy. When the gums become weak or damaged, the ability of your teeth to function properly is also affected. One of the most common conditions that occurs is gum, or periodontal, disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria and turns into a degenerative infection if left untreated. Eventually, gum disease can cause tooth and bone loss.


What the symptoms of gum disease?

While each case is different and sometimes no symptoms arise, there are many common indications that your gums have become infected:


  • Gums that bleed, especially when brushing or flossing your teeth
  • Unusually red, swollen, or tender gums
  • A recurring pimple or lump on your gums
  • Bad breath that will not go away
  • Swelling, tenderness, or pain in the jaw


How is gum disease treated?

Dr. Valerie H. Musial, our experienced dentist at Musial Dental Center, may suggest a wide variety of gum treatments in Mobile, Alabama based on your individual needs. One of the most common treatments for gum disease is scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment in which the hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum lines. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you keep your natural teeth. We encourage you to call our office if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of gum disease. Our team is eager to improve the health of your entire smile.