Have you noticed any of the following symptoms?
- Gums that are tender, swollen, or redder than usual
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums, or teeth that look longer than normal
- Gums that bleed easily, such as when you floss and brush
- Painful chewing
If so, your smile may be affected by periodontal disease. Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in plaque. When plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, the bacteria cause irritation and inflammation in the gum tissues. If left untreated, gum disease can eventually lead to gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss. Furthermore, untreated periodontal disease has been linked to a number of health conditions, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), stroke, heart disease, pregnancy complications, diabetes, and respiratory conditions.
In order to prevent these and other complications, our dentist provides treatment for gum disease in Danville, California. Based on how far the disease has progressed, your treatment may include improved at-home dental hygiene, more frequent professional teeth cleanings, or antibiotic treatment. We also offer deep cleanings known as scaling and root planing. If the condition is more serious, Dr. Gary Cappelletti may recommend gum surgery, which may need to be referred to a periodontist (a dentist who specializes in gum treatment). We welcome you to contact El Cerro Dental soon for more information and to set up your next appointment.