What is Gum Disease?

Brushing and flossing your teeth is essential for optimal oral health but many people overlook the importance of these basic tasks. Neglecting your oral health can lead to gingivitis and then later stages of gum disease. What is gum disease? How is it treated? These are common questions from patients who have inflammation of the gums or are experiencing bleeding gums. Dr. Neeley and his staff are dedicated to educating patients about gum disease and basic practices that ensure optimal oral health.

There are three main stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. When plaque builds up around the gum line, the gums become inflamed. Plaque builds up fairly quickly when you neglect to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly.

How We Treat Gum Disease

If gingivitis is not treated right away, the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place become damaged. Deep pockets form around the teeth and these pockets trap more bacteria, plaque, and food particles. The gums start to recede because of this buildup and must be treated with deep cleaning treatments or even laser gum surgery.

Dr. Neeley offers laser gum surgery for patients with periodontal disease. This is a simple and effective procedure that kills bacteria without damaging the gum tissue. It has helped many of our patients restore their oral health and stops the progression of gum disease quickly.

If you are showing any signs of gum disease or are ready for an oral health evaluation, call Dr. Neeley’s office at (214) 705-3536 or visit www.dallasdds.net for more information.