About Periodontal (Gum) Disease
According to recent statistical data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of the US population has some form of periodontal disease. What’s more, 70% of adults over the age of 65 deal with the condition.
Periodontal disease refers to the inflammation of the tissues and bones surrounding the gums and teeth. It poses a significant health risk and requires professional treatment to reduce the inflammation and prevent it from spreading further.
In its early stages, periodontal disease can be overlooked because of the mild symptoms, such as a bad taste in the mouth or reddened gums. However, the disease can progress rapidly from swollen and bleeding gums to chronic bacterial infection and loss of vital tissues, bones, and even teeth.
Benefits of Periodontal (Gum) Care:
Periodontal disease is both preventable and reversible with proper care and treatments. Professional periodontal dentists specialize in the prevention, diagnoses, and treatment of mild to severe cases of periodontal disease. Periodontal care includes scaling and cleaning and medications to remove plaque and treat the inflammation.
In extreme cases, where there is danger of losing teeth, corrective surgery is recommended to remove the pockets of inflammation that are located deep within the gums. The benefits of getting timely periodontal care include:
- Reduction or removal of bacteria from the infected gum tissue
- Reduced risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream
- Eliminating the risk of cross-contamination
- Prevention of loss of vital bone structure that supports the teeth
- Improved aesthetics
- Better overall oral health
- Improved functioning of the teeth
- Increased strength and longevity of the teeth
Causes of Periodontal (Gum) Disease
The primary cause of periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene that causes a buildup of bacterial plaque. If not removed in time, it turns into tartar, which causes inflammation and infections in the surrounding gums.
Other risk factors include excessive smoking, diabetes, certain medication, poor nutrition, hormonal fluctuations, bruxism or grinding teeth, and genetic predispositions.
Warning signs of a possible inflammation of the gums include:
- Bad taste or bad breath
- Swollen and reddened gums
- Bleeding or tender gums
- Pain while chewing
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Problems with biting and closing the mouth
Dental Cleaning & Exams at Copperhill Smiles
At Copperhill Smiles, we’re committed to providing optimal oral healthcare for all our patients. In addition to the examination and cleaning of the teeth, we also discuss tips for proper oral care at home and educate our patients on the importance of good oral hygiene. Our experienced team will help you establish a suitable dental hygiene routine to help you keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.
We also offer a warm and caring environment for our patients and our licensed hygienists will make sure you are comfortable during the entire cleaning process.
If your smile has become dull and your teeth have lost their sparkle, visit our dental experts in Santa Clarita for a routine exam and a thorough dental cleaning today. We offer flexible timings to allow our patients to schedule an appointment easily around their work and family obligations!