Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease Specialist
Periodontal, or gum, disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States, but with good dental care, it doesn’t have to come down to that. Periodontal disease can be reversed and the dental professionals at Soft Touch Dentistry in Sacramento, California, help you take the fairly simple steps necessary to avoid a future full of dental complications. Call us for an appointment to prevent your gum disease from causing permanent damage. Se Habla Español.

Periodontal Disease Q & A

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What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by bacterial growth in your mouth that leads to the damage of the tissue surrounding your teeth. Left unchecked, gum disease eventually causes irreparable damage and tooth loss.

Gum disease most often starts with gingivitis, which is an inflammation in your gums caused by bacteria in plaque buildup. At this stage, your teeth are generally still firmly rooted. If, however, your gingivitis isn’t treated, you are at risk of developing periodontitis. Once periodontitis sets in, there is a cascading effect, which is characterized by the following:

  • Your gums and bone start to pull away from your teeth leaving pockets in their wake
  • These pockets collect foreign matter
  • The pockets become infected
  • Your body’s immune system kicks in to fight the infection
  • Plaque spreads below your gum line
  • Between the work of your immune system and the infection, your bones and connective tissue start to break down, and tooth loss occurs

Dental intervention at any stage along this progression makes all the difference when it comes to arresting and reversing gum disease.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

The most common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gum bleeding while brushing
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Soft Touch Dentistry to get checked out.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Changes in hormones, such as during pregnancy, puberty, or menopause
  • Illnesses, such as diabetes, HIV, and cancer
  • Medications
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Heredity

How is gum disease treated?

The treatment for gum disease depends on how far the disease has progressed. For example, if you have the beginnings of gingivitis, you can reverse the progression with a few simple steps, such as a good cleaning and proper care. If the gum disease has advanced, however, more serious intervention is required and may include:

  • A deep cleaning above and below the gum line
  • Medications and antibiotics
  • Pocket reduction surgery
  • Bone grafts or bone surgery
  • Tissue grafts

Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to save your teeth and the sooner you treat gum disease, the better able you’ll be to reach that goal. To get started, contact Soft Touch Dentistry today.

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