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Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Do I have periodontal disease? Have you asked your Dove Canyon, CA, dentist about it? Dr. Scott Bianchi and his team at Dove Canyon Dental have checked hundreds of patients for signs of gum disease and have helped them optimize their periodontal health. What follows is basic information about gum disease so you're fully informed on this prevalent oral health condition.

What is periodontal disease?

It's a progressively dangerous infection and inflammation of the gums supporting and nourishing your teeth and covering the underlying bone in your mouth. Oral bacteria contained in biofilms--plaque and tartar--at and beneath the gums cause them to bleed, become tender and red and eventually pull away from tooth surfaces. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta states that half of Americans have some form of gum disease and that it is the leading cause of tooth loss in developed countries, including the United States.

What are the signs of gum disease? While you may not notice the symptoms until the problem has advanced, your dentist or hygienist in Dove Canyon, CA, can spot them readily. Symptoms include:

  • Bleeding
  • Redness
  • Soreness
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Obvious tooth roots
  • Dark gum color
  • Changes in fit of a denture or in dental bite
  • Pus in the interdental spaces or gum line
  • Accumulation of brown calculus at the gum line

Also, the American Heart Association says that the inflammation characteristic of periodontitis predisposes people to stroke, heart attack, diabetes, stomach ulcers, dementia, and pre-term labor. Many people suffering with these health issues also have gum disease.

How can you know you have it?

Good oral hygiene habits at home--including twice daily brushing and once a day flossing--help reduce the incidence of gum problems. Also, the American Dental Association recommends six-month check-ups and hygienic cleanings with your dentist to remove plaque and to measure gum pockets, the spaces between the soft tissue and tooth roots. These pockets indicate if you have periodontal disease and how severe it may be. In other words, Dr. Bianchi is your best resource to determine the state of your gum health.

Treating gum disease

Yes, it can be treated and a course for maintenance charted for the long term. Mild gingivitis responds well to diligent brushing and flossing at home and a deep cleaning at Dove Canyon Dental. More advanced cases may require root planing and instillation of antibiotics in gum pockets so the soft tissue re-attaches to the roots. Some people require gum grafting surgery or other more invasive procedures to bring their gum tissue back to health.

Keep your teeth and your health

Dr. Scott Bianchi at Dove Canyon Dental can help you have an exceptional smile and vibrant oral health. To check on the status of your gum tissue, book your routine check-up and cleaning now. Call the office team at (949) 589-4100.

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