Many people have periodontal disease and do not know it. In fact, some estimate that more than half of American adults over 30 have at least some degree of gum disease, and the number of those affected continues to increase with age. Gum disease is not inevitable, though. Good dental hygiene and healthy dental habits are the best ways to avoid gum disease. Our Northridge periodontics expert can help you keep your smile clean, healthy, and free of gum disease.
Without treatment, periodontal disease can lead to deep pockets between the gum tissue and the teeth, which allow plaque and tartar to build up where it cannot be easily cleaned away. These pockets also allow oral bacteria to access the deeper parts of the oral cavity where they can do more damage. Studies have also linked periodontal disease to serious health problems, including cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy complications. Early diagnosis by our Northridge periodontist can help reduce the risk of permanent damage and help you keep your smile and body healthier.
At your appointment, our expert in periodontics in Northridge will look for symptoms of periodontal disease, including:
• Red, purple, or inflamed gums
• Gums that are puffy or swollen
• Gums that appear to be pulling away from teeth or teeth that seem to be getting longer
• Pockets between the gums and teeth
• Pus along the gumline
• Chronic bad breath
• Teeth that feel loose or a change in bite
If you notice any of these symptoms, let us know as soon as possible. Our periodontist in Northridge will examine your teeth and gums to determine if you have periodontal disease and the extent of the problem. Then, we will create a treatment plan to get the infection under control and restore gum health. Conservative treatments such as scaling and root planing, and antimicrobial gels or rinses can be excellent first line treatments. Some patients may need surgery as well to tighten the periodontal pockets or to restore lost tissue.
Call us to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with our Northridge dentist.
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