One of the major causes of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the infection and destruction of gum tissue. The condition can lead to other major health problems, so it is important to treat teeth and gums before symptoms persist. Dr. Karim Naguib and his professional team offer periodontal therapy to patients at Premier Dental Care in their Palmdale and Lancaster offices.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
Some of the warning signs of gum disease can include:
- Gums bleeding after brushing and flossing
- Swollen or red gums
- Receding gums
- Deep pockets forming between teeth
- Loose teeth
- Shifting teeth
- Gum and teeth separation
- Halitosis, or persistent bad breath
If you have noticed these symptoms, contact Premier Dental Care for treatment today. Dental cleanings and periodontal treatment can be used to improve and protect your teeth and gums.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is not just caused by poor oral hygiene. Other causes may include:
Hormonal Changes: During puberty, menopause, or pregnancy, gums can become more sensitive. Sensitive gums may develop gingivitis and periodontitis more easily than those that are not sensitive.
Medication: Certain medication can cause dry mouth, which decreases the amount of saliva in the mouth. Less saliva means less protection for teeth and gums, which can then become prone to gum disease.
Illnesses: Conditions like diabetes may make patients more susceptible to periodontitis because of blood sugar levels.
Gum Disease: At Risk
Gum disease may lead to increased oral health problems, such as:
- Tooth loss
- Destroyed gum tissue
- Plaque buildup
- Chewing problems
If left untreated, periodontal disease can affect the heart. Your bloodstream can be affected by the buildup of plaque in the gums because the same bacteria found in gums can be sent to the heart. Periodontitis exacerbates heart problems like heart disease, strokes, strokes, and heart attacks.
Gum Disease Treatment
Treatments for gum disease can include:
Scaling and Root Planing: Root planing is a deep cleaning method that goes under the gum line. Scaling can also be used to remove tartar from above and below the gum line. The rough surfaces of tooth roots are smoothed out during root planing to help gums reattach to your tooth.
Gum graft surgery: During this procedure, tissue is taken from another part of the mouth to cover tooth roots. Gum graft surgery may be necessary to prevent tooth loss.
Flap surgery: The gums are lifted in this treatment to remove tartar from beneath them. Patients with deep gum pockets can benefit from this surgery.
Schedule an Appointment
Treat gum disease at the source in our Lancaster or Palmdale offices. Call our Lancaster office at (661) 948-6700 or schedule an appointment online here. You can call our Palmdale office at (661) 273-6565 and schedule an appointment online here.