Periodontal Disease

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth and bone loss, something that the professionals at Santa Monica Bay Dental do not want any of our patients to experience. Each of our professionals helps our patients to ensure the optimal health of their gums and teeth in order to prevent the occurrence of this disease. You can fight the risk of gum disease from occurring in your mouth with regular checkups and proper home oral health care, which our hygienists are happy to review with you. If you choose to ignore the initial signs of gingivitis, you could end up with periodontal disease, which puts you at risk for tooth and bone loss and even puts your physical health at risk.

What is the Difference between Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease?
When you first see the initial signs of gum disease, such as swollen or bleeding gums, chances are you have gingivitis (the early form of gum disease). When the disease is caught in these early stages, our dentist and hygienists are able to properly clean not only your teeth, but your gums too, removing the excess plaque and tartar and actually reverse the disease. It is when the plaque and tartar are left to spread that you are at risk for periodontal disease, which is a non-reversible disease that puts your oral and physical health at risk.

Periodontal disease is a much more serious condition; it can cause you to lose teeth and eventually bone due to the lack of stimulation that your jawbone receives with missing teeth. Every case of periodontal disease is different and progresses differently. If periodontal disease is not treated, however, it can put you at risk for even larger issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory issues and high blood pressure.

What are the Signs of Gum Disease?
As with any other dental health issue, there are a large variety of symptoms you can experience with gum disease. The exact symptoms depend on the severity and duration of the disease. Following are a few of the most common:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Elongated teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Shifting teeth
  • Loose teeth

At the first sign of any of these symptoms, it is very important that you come in for an appointment so that we can evaluate your mouth and determine the appropriate method to treat it to help you retain your natural teeth.

What You Can Do
In order to help with the fight against gum disease, you need to do your part at home by maintaining a healthy diet, brushing and flossing your teeth, and keeping up with your regular checkups with our office. These steps alone will help you fight against gum disease or at the very least, slow down the progression of periodontal disease.

Our professionals are experts in the prevention and treatment of gum disease and subsequent periodontal disease and are happy to help you get your oral health back on track. Please feel free to call us at any time to discuss the health of your mouth and to see what can be done to put an end to the gum disease in your mouth.

Don’t let gum disease progress; call our office at (310) 736-2277 today!