Did you Know Periodontal Disease Can Affect Your Overall Health?

Your health is our priority. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and is a risk factor for heart and lung diseases. Our hygienist will professionally clean the infected pockets around your teeth to prevent further damage to the gums and bone.

Periodontal disease affects a high percentage of the adult population in the United States, and it can lead to damaging results, such as tooth loss. Our dentist and dental hygienists offer periodontal disease detection and treatment in Hagerstown, Maryland, to preserve your gum health.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, the gums can eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss and gum tissue recession. You may need periodontal treatment if:

  • Your gums are swollen, red or tender.
  • While brushing or flossing your gums bleed easily.
  • Your teeth become loose.
  • Chewing is painful.
  • You have persistent bad breath.
  • Your gums begin to recede.


The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Everett Eklund may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene instructions, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, call Potomac Dental Centre at 240-329-2398 or visit our office. We look forward to caring for your smile!