Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can erode the foundation of your mouth and can pose a threat to your body. Gum disease is very common and contagious. Close to 80% of adults currently have some form of the disease. Research indicates it is the leading cause of adult tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal disease, is a silent, persistent bacterial infection around the gums and the bone that support your teeth. Some common symptoms that can give you an indication that you may have an infection are: red/ swollen/ tender gums, bleeding gums after brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath, pain while chewing, or loose teeth. Our periodontal therapy team can determine if you have periodontal disease by performing a quick and relatively painless test to measure the size and depth of the pockets of the gums. Pockets that are 4 or more millimeters (mm) in depth may indicate infection. Our experienced team screens patients at every dental visit to ensure early detection and treatment of periodontal disease. Upon diagnoses, our capable team offers several options for periodontal therapy at our practice.