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Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissues that develops from the bacteria introduced by hardened tartar at the gumline. To prevent this disease, we encourage you to receive professional dental cleanings as well as caring for your dental health at home.

Also known as gum disease, it is a chronic and destructive condition that has a few stages of severity. The earliest stage is gingivitis, and its initial symptoms include chronic bad breath and gums that bleed each time you brush and floss. Your gums might also begin to appear inflamed or red.

Many patients who experience gingivitis symptoms find their condition can be treated with a timely dental cleaning at Gloria Barredo, DMD, where our highly trained team will also help you improve your oral hygiene routine to keep the disease at bay so that it can’t reoccur in the future.

If you delay professional treatment and don’t improve your oral hygiene, gingivitis can become a more dangerous gum disease stage called periodontitis. At this level, the infection causes the gums to begin to recede from the teeth, forming pockets of infection around the tooth roots.

This severe gum infection eventually leads to the loss of bone structure surrounding the teeth, and severe cases may require prescription antibiotics to keep the infection under control.

By consistently improving your daily oral hygiene, you can largely prevent gum disease. This includes brushing your teeth twice every day and then flossing between each tooth and along the gum line, reaching behind each of the rear molars.

If you have concerns about periodontal disease, call 561-741-8008 and schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Gloria Barredo, who can provide a professional diagnosis of your smile. Our team at Gloria Barredo, DMD will gladly provide the appropriate treatment for gum disease in Jupiter, Florida.