Early stage periodontal disease, or gingivitis, has relatively minor signs such as red, swollen or bleeding gums.  However, untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more serious condition that breaks down the soft tissue and also the bone that supports the teeth.  Bone loss around the teeth is irreversible without very involved periodontal surgery, and this bone loss can cause pain, swelling, tooth mobility and even tooth loss, plus it can affect your overall health. Regular check-ups and dental cleanings can prevent periodontitis and gingivitis.  If early periodontitis does exist, thorough periodontal cleanings and even laser treatments can be done by Dr. Jeffrey Fortna to help save your teeth. The doctor and the dental hygienists at Mainstream Dental want to maintain your teeth and health for a lifetime, so schedule your check-up visit today and stay on the road to health!

If you are having any problems with your teeth or gums, ask Dr. Jeffrey Fortna about your oral health when you are in the office, call for a consult at (717) 566-8161, or contact us by using our Mainstream Dental contact form .