Gum and Bone Disease Prevention in Thornbury

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious infection of the gums that often spreads down to the bone – ultimately, destroying the jawbone (that holds the teeth in) itself. If left unaddressed, this disease can cause lasting implications on your health – from bad breath to even losing teeth! Rest assured, Thornbury Family Dental offers several different options to help prevent and care for gum and bone disease.

Understanding the Problem

The simplest way to explain gum disease is by describing it as bacteria that has manifested into the gums and begun gradually eating away at the jaw bone. In addition to eating away at the bone, this bacterium can also potentially damage ligaments connecting the jaw bone to your teeth. This ultimately can lead to the development of gum infections, gum pain and tooth loss.

Stay on top of your oral health to prevent the consequences of gum and bone disease. Our practice is here to help in any way we can!


Diagnosing a condition as severe as periodontal disease can be difficult. The early the detection, the better of you will be in the long run. Please keep in mind the common signs and symptoms of gum and bone disease, including:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
  • Pus between the gums and teeth
  • Mouth sores
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or separating/misaligning teeth

If you are suffering from any combination of the above symptoms, contact your dentist right away. The longer you wait, the more damage is done. Be sure to schedule your appointment as soon as possible to maintain your oral health.


The best way to prevent gum and bone disease from occurring is by participating in healthy lifestyle choices, such as:

  • Brushing two to three times per day
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Flossing daily
  • Stop smoking if you are a smoker

Adding these healthy habits to your everyday lifestyle can make a lasting difference in your dental health. Prevent oral illness and keep your smile happy and healthy today!

What We Offer

Along with general cleaning, our practice provides root planing, a deep clean for severe gum and bone disease. Responsible for keeping our teeth planted in our jaws, it is important for the gums to remain healthy at all times. Gum disease that is left undiagnosed will likely lead to lost teeth. Because you deserve a full smile – we recommend routine cleans every six months and professional scaling when needed.

Have Questions About Prevention?

Contact our practice to learn more about gum and bone disease prevention. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and helping you achieve greater oral health.