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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an easily preventable oral health condition that needlessly afflicts millions of Americans each year. It often starts out as gingivitis with common symptoms of red or inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing as well as problems with chronic bad breath.

This level of infection can often be remedied by a thorough cleaning procedure at Jon C. Packman DDS General Dentistry. You can then prevent future infections with consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine.

Without timely treatment, gingivitis will slowly develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth. This enables pockets of infection to form deep within the gum tissues. In time, it can even result in a loss of bone structure deep down where your teeth anchor in the sockets.

Chronic periodontitis can also cause systemic inflammation issues that tax your immune system. New research has found that this can be related to other medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. While gum disease cannot cause these conditions, it does have a relationship with them that can limit your treatment options.

If you live in the Statesville, NC, area and you have periodontal health concerns, you should call 704.873.2211 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Packman.