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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease affects the tissues that support and anchor the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal disease results in destruction of the gums, parts of the jawbone, and portions of the tooth root. In a healthy person, teeth are held in place by both soft tissue (gums) and bone. Periodontal disease can attack any part of the gums or bone; the most common forms of periodontal disease are gingivitis and periodontitis.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal (gum) disease, often caused by inadequate oral hygiene which leads to plaque buildup.

Other factors that may contribute to gingivitis include, diabetes, smoking, aging, genetic predisposition, systemic diseases and conditions, stress, inadequate nutrition, puberty, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, substance abuse, HIV infection, and certain medication use.

What are the symptoms of Gingivitis?

The bacteria in dental plaque (the invisible, sticky film that forms on your teeth when starches and sugars in food interact with normal bacteria in your mouth) irritate the gums causing an infection resulting in inflamed gums. There is usually little or no discomfort. Symptoms include red swollen gums or gums that bleed easily.

What is Periodontitis?

Untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, a serious infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth and may eventually cause tooth loss. Long-term periodontitis can lead to even more-serious problems, including higher blood sugar levels and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Gum disease may even affect your unborn child. Pregnant women with periodontitis are much more likely to give birth to premature babies than are women with healthy gums. Yet, periodontitis is both preventable and treatable.

What is plaque?

Plaque is the soft and sticky substance that accumulates on the teeth from food debris and bacteria. It can be removed by brushing three times a day and flossing thoroughly daily. If plaque is not removed, it can lead to gum disease and cavities.

What is tartar?

Plaque that is not removed can transform into mineral deposits that harden on the teeth. The main component of calculus is calcium phosphate, a hard, insoluble compound that bonds to the tooth enamel near or below the gum line. Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits can prevent tartar buildup but really can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

What are the signs of periodontitis?

When should I seek help?

Healthy gums are firm and pale pink. If your gums are puffy, red and bleed easily, please call us at
661-369-7154 to arrange a screening and diagnosis. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing damage and preventing more serious problems.

What can I expect from the screening and diagnosis?

To check the health of your gum tissue a thorough clinical and radiographic examination will be done. We will inspect your gums to measure the depth of the groove between your gums and your teeth. The results will tell us if your gums are healthy or diseased and the proper treatment will be arranged accordingly.

Many people with periodontitis can be successfully treated with noninvasive therapies such as scaling and root planing and, in some cases, antibiotic therapy. If you consistently practice good oral hygiene at home, this may be the only treatment you need. If your infection has spread into the bone that supports your teeth and is below the level that can be reached, then a surgical procedure called Osseous Surgery is performed to remove the infection.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please contact as soon as possible call us at
661-369-7154 to arrange a screening and diagnosis.


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