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Understanding Gum Disease

Understanding Gum Disease

Do you jog to keep healthy, or try your hand at a balanced diet? Don’t forget to brush and floss! Although it may not look like much, this routine healthy habit can positively impact your life in ways you never imagined. But how?

Your body is a balancing machine: when one aspect is off, the rest usually follows. For a dentist, it’s especially important to help patients reduce their risks of dental concerns that are known to affect the entire body.

Know The Signs

A case of itchy gums or gums that bleed when brushing should not go unheeded. Gum disease is a common culprit of poor dental health, yet research has also linked it to whole-body health risks such as poor cardiovascular health, diabetes and pregnancy concerns.

These common symptoms of gum disease may be indicative of health concerns resting below the surface. Ask your local dentist about gentle gum care–with professional dentistry it can be surprisingly easy to treat.

Stages Of Gum Disease

Know the signs to feel the difference good oral care can have on your smile and your body.

Gingivitis
Plaque and bacteria often builds up in the mouth even with regular brushing and flossing. In its earliest stages, periodontal disease may reveal symptoms such as itchy gums or gums that bleed easily during brushing. The buildup of bacteria can also cause bad breath, making things unpleasant for both you and those in your immediate company!

Periodontitis
If left untreated, gingivitis may lead to a more advanced form of gum disease: periodontitis. At this stage it may be more difficult to neglect gums that ache or bleed, and you may notice a loosening of the teeth as the gums recede. There is a risk of tooth loss in patients with periodontitis, so we highly recommend seeing the dentist for a professional cleaning.

A gum care treatment known as scaling and root planing may be encouraged to remove this bacteria build up and leave you with clean teeth, fresh breath, and a renewed sense of health.

Am I At Risk For Gum Disease?

While not a guarantee that you will develop gum disease, certain factors can contribute to excessive plaque buildup:

  • Do you use tobacco on a regular basis?
  • Do you skip flossing and brushing?
  • Are you experiencing hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause?
  • Do you have an illness such as diabetes, cancer, or HIV?
  • Do you use medications that can affect oral health?
  • Do you have a family history of gum disease?

How Is Gum Disease Treated?
If gum disease is diagnosed, Dr. H. Jonathan Lee and Dr. Marisa Lee will recommend professional cleanings at a rate more frequent than the standard biannual cleanings.

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Professional cleanings twice a year are effective ways to keep plaque and bacteria from building up to dangerous levels, and we highly recommend patients of all ages to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.

Your Family Dentist in
Rancho Peñasquitos

We love to help patients achieve healthy, functional, and beautiful smiles. Give us a call at (858) 484–4880 or visit Carmel Mountain Dental Care at 9310 Carmel Mountain Rd Ste. A, San Diego, California 92129. We serve local families in Rancho Peñasquitos, Carmel Valley, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, 4S Ranch, Del Sur and nearby.

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