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Periodontal Disease Care

Periodontal disease can begin with something as simple as gingivitis, but it can lead to loss of bone tissue, gum recession and even tooth loss.

The team at Bloom Dental Group in San Mateo, California, is trained to help you manage and overcome periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, involves an infection of the gums and surrounding tissues. Periodontal disease may not produce symptoms, so you may not know you have it. If your gums bleed easily, or are red and swollen, you may have gum disease.

Advanced periodontal disease is not only an aesthetic concern since it can lead to bone loss. The bone loss around affected teeth causes nearby teeth to be compromised as well. Chronic bone loss weakens the jaw and impacts your ability to chew, too. Periodontic care is essential when it comes to preventing tooth loss.

What causes periodontal disease?

Ineffective oral hygiene causes periodontal disease because bacteria and plaque build up around the teeth and gums, leading to infection. The bacterial infection triggers an immune response that leads to loss of bone and tissue fibers.

Genetic factors, diabetes, pregnancy, and smoking may lead to gum disease. Consult with your dentist if you think you have periodontal disease.

How can periodontal disease be treated?

During your professional cleanings, the dentist removes plaque and tartar buildup. Signs of gingivitis like swollen or bleeding gum tissues will be addressed. With proper care, gingivitis can be reversed with brushing and flossing within two weeks. If not, pockets will begin to develop under the gum tissues, triggering more chronic periodontal problems.

If gingivitis is not addressed, it can evolve into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes the gum and bone tissues to detach from the teeth, leaving deep pockets under the gumlines. When left untreated, the teeth become mobile and can fall out due to bone loss.Periodontal scaling and root planing (also referred to as deep cleaning) can help eliminate periodontal infections. Performing a scaling and root planing early enough can prevent the need for surgical therapies later on.If you are looking to manage gum disease, the specialists at Bloom Dental Group are here to help. We perform all periodontal services in our office. Book online or call today to address your periodontal disease care in San Mateo, California.

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