Considering you only have a limited amount and they serve an invaluable function, having pain in your gums can be scary.

Those hard, pink, fleshy tooth holders are super important and are often taken for granted. So if you’ve never heard of periodontitis, then you’re in luck! We’re going to teach you all about it.

Periodontal disease is when plaque from your teeth finds its way below your gum line and irritates it, causing it to become inflamed. While that doesn’t sound like a big deal, if periodontitis goes untreated, it could result in losing your teeth! If your gum is “peeling” or receding or hurts chronically, you should definitely go get checked out at the dentist’s office. If you’re brushing your teeth and your gums start bleeding, that’s not a normal thing that just happens from brushing! It means there’s a nasty amount of bacteria underneath your gum line, eating away at your tissue — ew!

If you have periodontitis, the good news is that you’re not alone! In fact, roughly 47 percent of Americans over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis. Luckily, in this day and age, modern dentistry has advanced to the point that periodontitis is easily treated, in fact it can even be reversed if it’s caught early enough! A couple of periodontal cleanings and a renewed commitment to dental care is often all it takes.

Rocky Mountain Smiles is a team of professionals that are experienced and knowledgeable about treating this infection that damages the soft tissue responsible for supporting our teeth. You can count on us to give you the best quality care and experience with your dental treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment.