Periodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontitis or gum disease. The term comes from Greek and roughly translates as “around the teeth” (peri – around, odontos – teeth) and refers to all the conditions that affect a tooth’s immediate surroundings.

A periodontist is an expert in diagnosing and treating this kind of dental condition; they are required to study for three additional years apart from general dentistry.

Studies reveal that approximately 80% of Americans are dealing with some form of gum disease. This may sound alarming, but the truth is most people tend to ignore bleeding or swelling gums. It is important to acknowledge that consulting with a periodontist or a dentist about this problem may prevent more severe consequences.