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What is Periodontal Disease? Explanation & Treatment

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that can cause your gums to recede and your teeth to loosen. It is caused by bacteria that naturally live in the mouth, but when they get out of balance, they start to damage the tissues around your teeth.

What Are the Causes of Periodontal Disease?

There are several contributing factors that can cause periodontal disease. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Inadequate diet and nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Age

Symptoms & Diagnosis

If you have periodontal disease, you might experience a range of symptoms. Some of these will happen inside your mouth while others are more noticeable to other people. The list below covers some common signs and symptoms you may experience:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth (teeth can be pulled out by their roots)
  • Pain when biting down on hard foods or toothbrushes
  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods/beverages

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, make an appointment with your dentist to find out if they are caused by periodontal disease.


Treatment for periodontal disease usually depends on the patient and the severity of the disease. The goal of treatment is to remove any inflamed tissue, reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and improve the health of your gums. How you choose to treat your condition will depend on how far along it has progressed and whether you have any other medical issues that could complicate matters.

Visit LiveWell Dentistry for periodontal disease treatment

If you have periodontal disease, it’s important to seek treatment from a dentistr. At LiveWell Dentistry, we specialize in all aspects of dental hygiene and periodontal care. We can help you determine the best course of treatment for your condition and make sure that you are comfortable throughout the process.

Treatment for periodontal disease is a very effective way to prevent the condition from worsening and causing long-term damage. If you’re experiencing any of the described symptoms, or if you want to learn more about your treatment options, we encourage you to contact us today!

(310) 828-2440