At Laguna Pavilion Dental, we offer a complete range of periodontal care to keep your gums in their best shape. From treatment for gum disease to regular cleanings, our periodontal care supports your best smile.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is unfortunately all too common. While those first mild stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, may not show many symptoms, advanced periodontal disease can be devastating for your oral health, resulting in chronic bad breath, persistent infection, and even loose teeth. Without intervention, gum disease has the potential to lead to tooth loss.
Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented, and, when caught early, reversed completely in many cases. At-home care combined with regular dental visits help keep your gums healthy to keep your teeth strong, supporting a beautiful smile for life!
How Do You Get Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins with the accumulation of plaque and bacteria around the gumline—where the crown of your tooth meets your gum tissue. If not removed with proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleaning, plaque can begin to irritate the gum tissue, causing swelling, bleeding, and infection.
If not addressed with professional treatment, these symptoms can worsen. Eventually, pockets of infection can form underneath the gumline, which will ultimately impact the connective tissue of your teeth, leading to loose teeth. At this stage, you’ll likely have persistent bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth that returns even after brushing or using mouthwash.
While some people may be more susceptible to gum disease than others based on genetics, lifestyle factors such as your oral care habits are the most important factor in preventing this condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Similar to tooth decay, the symptoms of gum disease often aren’t obvious until the condition has progressed. This is why regular dental visits are so important—Dr. Sattout can spot the early stages of gum disease before it has a chance to disrupt your smile and require intensive treatment.
Signs and symptoms that you could have gum disease include:
- Bleeding when brushing your teeth
- Red or tender gum tissue
- Gum recession, which could result in longer-looking teeth
- Chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away even after brushing
- Loose teeth or teeth that feel like they are shifting
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
Treatment for gum disease will all depend on how severe the condition is. In its earliest stages, you may need no further treatment than a deep cleaning—also called a root planing and scaling—to reverse the condition. However, as it progresses, you may need repeated deep cleanings, antibiotic therapy, and even gum or tissue grafts to correct the damage and help fully treat the condition. At Laguna Pavilion Dental, we offer state-of-the-art periodontal care to not only treat gum disease, but to help prevent it in the first place.
Make an Appointment With Us!
Don’t ignore the health of your gum tissue. Schedule an appointment with us today to evaluate your gum health and learn more about how you can help prevent periodontal disease. Call us at (916) 520-4270!