Knowing the Symptoms of Gum Disease
By Pacific Dental Care
November 25, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  
Periodontal gum disease is a serious health issue that may lead to tooth loss if left untreated. At Pacific Dental Care, dentists at West Palmdale, East Palmdale, Lancaster and Rosamond, CA, can help.
 
What is periodontal gum disease?
 

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.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Redness or swelling of the gums
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitivity
  • 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.

Treatment Options
  • 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
Preventive Strategies
  1. Brush and floss your teeth effectively every day
  2. Regular dental checkups twice a year use x-rays to detect gum disease
  3. Professional cleanings every six months
  4. Eating right
  5. Reducing stress in your life
  6. Quit smoking
Do you need to speak to a dentist?

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

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