Periodontal Disease

Gum Disease

Periodontal diseases (or gum diseases) can simply be inflammation of the gums, but they can also be much more serious. Some forms of gum disease can cause severe damage to your gums and even to the bones that support your teeth, making periodontal diseases a serious health problem that needs to be dealt with. At Healthy Smiles of California, we’ll make use of the latest treatments to get your gums happy and healthy once again.

 What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is often caused by plaque buildup in the teeth. When not dealt with, plaque can harden to a point where it is difficult or impossible to remove by brushing or flossing. If plaque remains on your teeth for too long, it can start to affect your gums. The longer it’s there, the more harmful it can be. Smoking, hormonal changes in women, diabetes, certain medications, diseases like cancer, and even your genes (if you come from a family susceptible to gum disease) can make you much more likely to get gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding or tender gums
  • Extra-sensitive teeth
  • Lingering Bad Breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Receding gums
  • Red or swollen gums

Methods of Treating Gum Disease

Some forms of gum disease can be treated by simply brushing and flossing regularly. However, sometimes, if left unchecked for too long, gum disease can become too severe for these methods to deal with. In this case, it is best to visit your dentist. We’ll ask you questions about your dental history and your experiences with gum disease to find out what form of treatment is best for you. Most likely, this treatment will involve a deep cleaning, where we’ll remove the plaque from your teeth, as well as removing rough spots on your teeth that are likely to attract germs. We may also talk to you about your dental habits to see if there are any changes that need to be made to make gum disease less likely in the future. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, we may also have to use medications or surgical procedures to truly get rid of the problem.