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By Pacific Dental Care
August 23, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that destroys the soft tissue and bone that supports the tooth. Gingivitis is the mild form of gum disease, while advanced periodontitis, in which the gums pull away from the tooth, is the most harmful. Periodontal disease develops in people who don't brush, floss, or visit the dentist regularly to remove dental plaque. Bacteria from the plaque causes an inflammatory reaction to these sensitive areas. Diabetes patients, as well as pregnant women, are at a higher risk of developing this condition. Periodontal disease prevention and treatment in Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA, is available from the dentists at Pacific Dental Care.

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Keep an eye out for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Mouth sores
  • Bite changes
  • Gum recession
  • Dental abscesses
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing and flossing

Scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning performed in two appointments, is used to treat gum disease in Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA. Once this cleaning is complete, your dentists will most likely recommend a regular dental cleaning afterward, in addition to a three-month follow-up visit, to ensure the gums are still in good shape and healing well. You will be responsible for at-home maintenance, which includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day or after every meal.

To learn more about periodontal gum disease in Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA, call the professionals at Pacific Dental Care. You can reach us at (661) 256-2500 in Rosamond, (661) 267-5700 in West Palmdale, (661) 948-8187 in Lancaster, or (661) 285-8600 in East Palmdale.

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
By Pacific Dental Care
August 13, 2018
Category: Dentist
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum DiseaseAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. This condition is the leading contributor to tooth loss and a huge threat to your oral health. Learning the symptoms of gum disease and spotting it early can help you get the help you need before it causes significant or irreversible damage. Find out more about the signs of periodontal disease and how your dentist can help with your dentist at Pacific Dental Care with locations in West Palmdale, East Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA.

What is periodontal disease? 
Periodontal disease occurs in people of any age and comes from the same substances which cause teeth decay. However, instead of eating through the tooth, the decay-causing bacteria and plaque build up under the gums, infecting them and, if left untreated, causing pain, discomfort, and eventually, tooth loss. Gum disease is both preventable and treatable, allowing you to reverse its symptoms and get your smile back with proper oral hygiene habits routine professional dental cleanings, and in advanced cases, a periodontal deep cleaning.

Do I have gum disease? 
Though commonly believed to be a sign you should stop flossing your teeth, bleeding gums are actually one of the first signs of gum disease. This symptom is actually reversed with proper flossing techniques and patients should begin to see improvement in about two weeks of flossing once daily and brushing gently twice a day. Some of the common symptoms of gum disease also include:

  • tender or swollen gums
  • red or bleeding gums
  • unexplained bad breath
  • loosened teeth
  • pain while chewing
  • sensitive teeth
  • receding gums

Treating Gum Disease in West Palmdale, East Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA
Gum disease is treatable with help from your dentist. In mild to moderate cases, your dentist will suggest a periodontal deep cleaning to gently scrub the entire tooth and a portion of `its root to remove any built-up plaque or tartar causing your inflammation and irritation. Severe cases of periodontal disease may require a procedure called flap surgery to provide a more thorough cleaning. Coupled with proper brushing and flossing techniques and routine dental examinations and cleanings, your teeth will stay healthy and clean for years to come.

For more information on the symptoms of gum disease or its treatments, please contact Pacific Dental Care with locations in West Palmdale, East Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA. Call (661) 267-5700 to schedule your appointment in West Palmdale, (661) 285-8600 to schedule your appointment in East Palmdale, (661) 256-2500 to schedule your appointment in Rosamond, or (661) 948-8187 to schedule your appointment in Lancaster today!