Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an oral condition which affects the gums and supporting structures in your mouth. If untreated, gum disease can have a significant impact on your oral and overall health, and may eventually lead to loss of your gums, teeth and supporting bone structure. Our periodontist will check for signs of periodontal disease during your regular dental exams, and if you are diagnosed with this condition our periodontal specialist, Dr. Glenn Arima, will work with you to determine the severity of the disease and create a treatment plan that will fight the disease and improve your oral health.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is a condition caused by harmful bacteria trapped in plaque. As plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), the gums become infected and inflamed. Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding while brushing or flossing
- Gum recession
- Loose or separating teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Sores in your mouth
- Changes in your bite or in the fit of oral appliances
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. Ideally, we recommend that you brush after each meal and before going to bed at night. You should also continue to make and keep regular dental visits to receive preventive care at least twice each year. Our periodontist may also make recommendations about oral hygiene aids and other treatments that can help you maintain good oral health.
Treating Gum Disease
When diagnosed in the early stages of development, gum disease can usually be successfully treated. However, if your disease progresses to a more advanced and damaging stage it may never be fully removed from your mouth. There are a variety of treatments available to help manage periodontal disease, and our periodontist will work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan. Periodontal treatments available in our office include:
For more information about periodontics in Downey, California, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Arima, please contact our team today at 562-869-3037.