Gum Disease (Periodontitis)


Do you experience bleeding and tender gums, bad breath, bad taste or other concerning oral problems?

These alarming symptoms may be the result of GINGIVITIS (gingiva = gum + itis = inflammation or infection) or PERIODONTITS (perio = around + dont = tooth + itis).
These infections are caused by the germs in your mouth. If you don't get a cleaning for sometime, the germs in your mouth will first infect the gums (GINGIVITIS) and then start infecting the jaw bone around the teeth (PERIODONTITIS).

GINGIVITIS and PERIODONTITIS are serious oral conditions affecting millions--and are the number one cause of tooth loss among Americans today. The disease, caused by the body's response to bacterial toxins, is progressive, destructive and a significant health risk if not diagnosed and treated as early as possible.


The signs and symptoms, IF ANY ARE PRESENT, of gum disease are:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Presence of pus
  • Bone loss
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Gaps forming in between the teeth

NOTE: sometimes there are no signs and symptoms present but the gum and bone infection has already started.


Our dentists can diagnose gum disease and treat it.

Here is what some clients have told us about their experience with us:

The staff and doctors (Carlos Diaz, DDS) were great, they showed knowledge and compassion for their practice. I was scared since it was my first Dentist visit, however, Dr. Diaz made sure that I had no pain by keeping constant communication during the procedure. I recommend Dr. Diaz at Brownsville Family Dentistry to anyone who has not been to the dentist in the past. - Agustin C.

Yesterday I went for a general cleaning. Teeth felt great afterwards. The people at Brownsville Dentistry are very considerate, caring about my dental health and well being. - Joan Walker G.

Best experience ever!!!! Everyone was very welcoming and made the dentist visit very pleasant. Definitely recommend!! - Janet P.

Very nice staff, was in deep pain and they took me in right away. Excellent Service! - Krystal C.

Thursday morning, I had an appointment at 10:00 A.M. Upon entering the office, I was met by one of the secretaries. Immediately a technician called my name and took me to a room where she x-ray my teeth. Afterwards the young doctor came in and checked my teeth and we had a small conversation concerning my health.  Afterwards a young lady came in to clean my teeth. Before departing I was given an appointment for Oct. 19.2017. Overall experience was exceptional. - Guadalupe L.

Thank you to all your team this morning for the help and comfort I got! The experience was amazing after all I had gone through at the hospital, may God bless you all! - Idalia R.