Periodontal (gum) disease is a common preventable condition caused by bacteria that collect around and beneath your gum line. The most common cause of periodontal disease is improper oral hygiene and failure to maintain routine professional dental cleanings. Certain medications, hormonal changes, and loss of dexterity can also contribute to periodontal disease. Oftentimes, pregnant women can experience pregnancy gingivitis caused by fluctuations and changes in their hormones.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
In its early stages, gum disease usually causes red, inflamed, and bleeding gums. When we catch the infection early, we can often reverse it with the proper dental cleaning and increased home care. Our helpful and compassionate team will demonstrate the correct technique for brushing and flossing at home, share information about the products that can best help your condition, and answer any questions you may have about how to keep your smile looking and feeling its best.
Once periodontal disease progresses, the symptoms become worse and include tooth mobility, bad breath, pus, pain, sensitivity, gum recession, bone resorbtion, and even tooth loss. When gum disease reaches this point, surgery and tooth extractions may become necessary. That is why it is essential to your health to seek treatment as quickly as possible. Even if it has been a long time since you visited the dentist, we will never make you feel ashamed or guilty; we will simply work with you to restore your dental health.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
When a patient arrives at Dr. Rosenbaum and Associates with gum disease, we assess their condition and create a treatment plan to restore their oral health. In many cases, a series of therapeutic dental cleanings can help to remove the infection to a point where your body’s natural healing process can take over. In areas of deep periodontal pocketing, we can place a localized antibiotic agent to keep the infection from reoccurring.
If you need surgery for gum recession or bone loss, we can refer you to a specialist to perform the necessary treatment. We will stay in close contact with the periodontist in order to ensure you receive excellent continuity of care and that healing progresses as planned.
Systemic Risks of Periodontal Disease
In addition to the obvious symptoms of gum disease such as pain and bad breath, it can also put your overall health at risk. Researchers have linked gum disease with systemic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and low birth-weight babies.
Many researchers believe it is the inflammatory nature of periodontal disease that affects your overall health and can put your life at risk.
Do You Have Symptoms of Gum Disease?
If you are experiencing gum disease, contact our Modesto, CA dental office to schedule an exam with one of our highly skilled doctors. We look forward to helping you take the first steps toward a healthier, more comfortable smile.