Sauk Centre Family Dental            

320-352-4141

 334 Main Street South.   Sauk Centre, MN 56378 

Dr. Jason Bjerketvedt, DDS

Periodontal Disease


Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which gradually destroy the bone support of your natural teeth.  Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.

Healthy Gum Tissue

No treatment needed.  Continue good

oral hygiene.

Gingivitis

Reversible with good flossing and regular

dental cleanings.

Periodontal Disease

Irreversible, but can be maintained with a deep cleaning and regular dental cleanings 4 times a year

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition