Posts for tag: Periodontal disease
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.