Do you feel like your gums bleed very easily? Maybe they look inflamed or puffy? What you might be seeing are symptoms of gum disease that, in early stages, often goes unnoticed.
It May Be Gum Disease
Look in the mirror. Is there a change in your gums? Affecting nearly fifty percent of all adults in the US over the age of thirty, gum disease is a condition that you might be observing. One reason so many people are affected is that, in many cases, people who have gum disease don’t know it because they never see the above symptoms.
If you have been diagnosed with mild gum disease, all is not lost. The proper term for gum disease in its early stage is gingivitis, and it is reversible with a thorough cleaning by your hygienist and improved oral hygiene at home.
But gum disease that is allowed to develop eventually attacks the bone that supports your teeth. Your teeth will begin to feel loose, and without any treatment, tooth loss is a definite possibility.
Periodontal Treatment in San Diego, CA
Treatment for advanced gum disease is a deep-cleaning procedure called periodontal scaling and root planing. Scaling is a procedure performed by a dental hygienist that involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the above and below the gum line. Next, the root surfaces of your teeth are planed or smoothed to remove areas where bacteria can collect and allow the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.
The procedure will be followed up with a series of professional cleanings to prevent reoccurrence and ensure that your gums are healthy.
Please Call to Arrange Your Next Cleaning
Dr. Alena Nawrocki and the hygiene team at Dental Arts San Diego understand the importance of good gum health. We will work with you by educating you about the ways you can keep your gums healthy and help you avoid the need for periodontal treatment.
Preventing gum disease isn’t just necessary for your oral health. It also protects your overall health and well-being. Chronic gum disease is called periodontitis, and it has been linked to numerous conditions like heart and lung disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.
During your next scheduled cleaning, talk with our experienced team about the importance of periodontal health. If you think you see symptoms of gum disease, don’t wait. Please call us today at (619) 444-1001 or click here so we can prevent it from developing further and threatening your health.