Gum Disease Overview

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Infection and inflammation, known as gingivitis, begin in the gums. Left untreated gingivitis, can become periodontitis, a disease which spreads to tissues that connect our teeth to bone.

Brushing and flossing your teeth helps to remove the bacterial film called plaque, but no one can remove all dental plaque and a buildup of this sticky bacteria can occur. Plaque which remains also changes over time, hardening on your teeth to form something called tartar, or calculous. These infected substances, the toxins they produce, and the inflammation your body produces as a response, can dissolve away your jawbone.

Research studies show a distinct link between periodontal disease and overall health. People who have poor periodontal health have increased inflammation in the body. This leads to higher risks for developing heart disease, diabetes and many kinds of cancer. Chronic inflammation is also linked to arthritis, bowel disease, autoimmune diseases and early Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dental Fillings Using Laser Energy & Air Abrasion

Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases of our time. According to the CDC teeth cavities occur four times more often than asthma in children ages 14-17, and 9 out of 10 adults have some form of dental decay. Grimes Dentistry are experts at treating this problem. Robert H. Grimes, DDS and Rohit Mathur, BDS, MPH, MS has treated tens of thousands of decayed teeth over the past 30 years.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Grimes and Dr. Mathur, call our office in Lubbock, TX at Grimes Dentistry Phone Number 806-798-3384, or request an appointment online.