Periodontal Therapy Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care Periodontal disease causes spaces or pockets in your gums that can allow bacteria to enter. Many people are affected by periodontal disease and proper diagnosis, treatment, and care are essential for your dental health. Gingivitis is the beginning phase of periodontal disease. For a diagnosis, our Columbus dentists measure between the tooth and gums to determine the depth of any pockets that might be present. Symptoms of periodontal disease can include: Bad breath Red and puffy gums Bleeding gums Loose or sensitive teeth Treatment of periodontal disease depends on the severity of your case, but usually includes deep cleaning and scaling with numbing provided. This can remove buildup and allow your gums to heal. Proper care and follow up appointments are recommended to ensure you heal properly. Call us today at (614) 882-5525 to learn more about our treatment and to schedule a free consultation.