Gum disease is a major dental health issue that, unfortunately, many people do not know a lot about.

Gum disease is an infection that affects the health of your gums. Plaque builds up underneath the gums, forming tartar. When tartar appears, only a deep cleaning can remove it. If this issue is left untreated your gums can begin to recede and eventually your gums will not be able to support your tooth, leading to tooth loss. Many people do not know if they have gum disease since it is something that occurs below your gum line.

Gum Disease Impacts More Than Your Teeth

Besides the dental health issues that occur, the risk of many non-dental health issues increases as well. Diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease and Alzheimer’s all have connections to gum disease.


Gum disease treatment has become much less invasive than previous treatment options. People may be hesitant about receiving treatment because they think that it will be painful or they heard that it is painful. Luckily, our team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis use lasers to treat gum disease. Lasers reduce pain, healing time and sensitivity.

If you experience any of the signs of periodontal disease, do not ignore it. Be sure to contact our practice to discuss treatment options and what you can do to keep your gums healthy.