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Gum disease — also defined as pyorrhea and periodontal disease — is an infection of the gums that weakens teeth when left untreated. Knowing how this sickness affects much of the population can help motivate and prepare you to fight its destructive effects.

Although we often group periodontal diseases under the umbrella term “periodontal disease,” those words can apply to different levels of sicknesses. These conditions include gingivitis, periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis.

The less severe type of gum disease, known as gingivitis, causes gums to swell and bleed. Fortunately, gingivitis is curable with services from a dentist. Gingivitis might progress to periodontitis if tartar is not removed from the gums over time. In periodontitis, tartar spreads under the gums, and acids in the tartar damage and inflame the gums to form bacterial acid-filled pockets which decay bone and loosen chompers.

Treatment options for gum disease may differ with the intensity of the infection, but control and reversal are the goals of any treatment. Services may include deep cleaning, scaling and root planing, laser service, medications, bone/tissue grafts, tissue regeneration, tissue stimulation and flap surgery.

Our goal is to keep your teeth clean and to reverse destruction from tooth-decaying bacteria. Please call our office today at 614-848-4900 to set up a visit with Dr. Michael J Leahy and the Michael J Leahy DDS staff in Columbus, Ohio.