The word “periodontal” means “around the tooth. Periodontal disease attacks gums and the bone that supports the teeth. Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t even know it! Some signs and symptoms are bleeding gums, loose teeth, new spacing between teeth, persistent bad breath, receding gums, and tenderness or discomfort. If the disease is in its early stages, professional dental cleanings will be recommended. If the disease is in more advanced stages, special cleaning called scaling and root planning will be recommended. Call to schedule an appointment to see which treatment option is right for you.