Periodontal gum disease is when bacteria attacks tissues around teeth. People who do not maintain proper oral hygiene are likely to develop gum disease and with aging, you risk losing teeth.How does gum disease lead to tooth loss?
Pockets of bacteria manifest between teeth and gum tissue. Bacteria increases, increasing the space or gap between teeth and gums. With time, periodontal disease advances leading to bone loss and tooth loss.
Other than poor hygiene, genetics plays a role in periodontal disease development but the good news is that periodontal disease can be controlled, even during advanced stages.
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Redness or swelling of the gums
- Receding gums
- Periodontal abscess
- Loose teeth
- Poor lifestyle choices: smoking and chewing tobacco
Unfortunately, symptoms of gum disease are not always apparent, which is why regular checkups to your dentist's office are important.
- Mechanical removal of bacteria at the dentist's office using a technique known as scaling, root planing or debridement
- Locally applied antimicrobial products or antibiotics to treat periodontal gum disease and heal pocket-depth reduction
- Surgical procedures
- Brush and floss your teeth effectively every day
- Regular dental checkups twice a year use x-rays to detect gum disease
- Professional cleanings every six months
- Eating right
- Reducing stress in your life
- Quit smoking
Are you interested in learning more about periodontal gum disease? Call Pacific Dental Care at West Palmdale, East Palmdale, Lancaster and Rosamond, CA. Here is how to reach each office:
- (661) 256-2500 - Rosamond
- (661) 267-5700 - West Palmdale
- (661) 948-8187 - Lancaster
- (661) 285-8600 - East Palmdale