Bruce E. Howell, DDS
Longmont Family Dentist
Longmont, CO 80501
Periodontal disease is an infection that attacks the tissue and bone structure that supports your teeth. The sulcus is a shallow u-shaped crevice located between the tooth and gums. Gum disease attacks just below the gum line in the sulcus where the supporting tissue and attachments of the tooth begin to breakdown. As the supporting tissues are damaged by the infection, the sulcus begins to develop a pocket. The depth and magnitude of the pocket depend on the severity and advancement of the periodontal disease. Periodontal classifications are determined by the severity of the disease. The two major stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis. Treatment methods of periodontal disease depend on the severity and extent of its progress.
Some risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing periodontal disease:
Warning signs of periodontal disease:
It is possible to have periodontal disease without have any signs of its presence. That is why regular checkups with your dental provider are crucial to avoiding periodontal disease. Good home care and maintenance can help ensure that you maintain beautiful and healthy gums. Regular brushing, flossing, balanced diet, and regular dental visits can provide for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.
Bruce E. Howell, DDSLongmont Area Family Dentist
2051 Terry Street, Suite F
Longmont, CO 80501
Our HoursMonday: Dr. Larson every other Monday
Tuesday: Dreama only 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: Dr. Howell 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday: Dr. Howell 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday: Dr. Larson every other Friday
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Easy Access & Parking
We are on the North side of Longmont, just West of Main Street off 21st Street close to Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. There is unlimited free parking at the red brick building we call home.
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