Periodontal Treatment

PeriodontalGingivitis means inflammation of the gums. It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth, referred to as plaque. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease.

A patient with gingivitis may have red and puffy gums, and they will most likely bleed when they brush their teeth. Generally, gingivitis can be resolved with more frequent brushing and flossing as well as maintaining routine appointments. Some people find that using an antiseptic mouthwash also helps.

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease which is more serious and can eventually lead to loss of teeth.

Gums can separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. The pockets can deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.

Along with proper brushing and flossing, regular check-ups can help keep gingivitis and periodontal disease under control. If you have not been to a dentist in a while, we can help to get your oral hygiene back on track.


Nehl Dental
19026 US Highway 85
Belle Fourche, SD, 57717

Telephone: (605) 892-3603
Emergency: (605) 210-2621
Toll-Free: (800) 611-8796