stock-14Periodontics is about preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases of your gum tissue, which surrounds and supports your teeth. Having healthy gums means that your mouth is healthy, too.

When Do I Need a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist that specializes in diagnosing and treating issues with your gums and surrounding tissues. For this reason, there’s never a bad time to be examined by a periodontist. However, here are some times when seeing a periodontist is important:

You’re thinking about having a baby | It turns out that pregnant women who have periodontal disease are 7 times more likely to have premature labor or children with low birth weights.

Someone in your immediate family has gum disease | According to research, the bacteria that causes periodontal disease is passed through saliva. This means partners and children are especially vulnerable.

You’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and/or osteoporosis | The bacteria that’s associated with periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream and affect other parts of your body, contributing to serious health conditions.


You notice symptoms of gum disease | Some signs of periodontal disease include: red gums, swelling, bleeding when you brush and floss, bad breath and taste, and abscesses.

We want to help protect your oral health. If you fit into one of these categories, call our office today!

Benefits of Seeing a Periodontist.

Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Periodontists are trained to spot early signs of gum disease and to treat it. Seeing a periodontist at the right time can help prevent tooth loss and the general decline of your oral health.

Treating periodontal disease can benefit your whole body health as well. A periodontist can diagnose and treat gum disease before it escalates into other diseases that negatively impact different parts of your body.

Do You Need a Periodontist?

At River Dental, we have a periodontist on staff, ready to serve you. Make an appointment with us today!