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Your Mouth and Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatment Sacramento, CA

“A family affair”

Stop gum diseaseThink of the great things you’ve passed along to your kids: sense of humor, charm, style, wit—why, the list could go on and on of course!

Unfortunately, some of the things that get passed from parent to child aren’t that great. One is a predisposition towards periodontitis, or gum disease.

Of the hundreds of strains of bacteria that inhabit your mouth we’ve turned up 5 or 6 particularly aggressive ones and labeled them “probable periodontal pathogens.” These bacteria appear to be responsible for gum disease and also appear to be contagious—that is, they’re spread by long-term intimate contact.

The more we know about periodontitis, the more serious we’re discovering it to be. It’s not just a gum problem. Because it’s an infection, it opens the door for disease and inflammation throughout the entire body.

Increasingly, researchers are linking it with increased potential of heart disease and stroke. That’s why it’s so critical to catch it early and keep it under control. The potential of “transference” among family members suggests that even though only one adult may show perio symptoms, all other family members—especially children—stand a much higher chance of contracting the disease. The fight against perio must be a family affair. Checkups begin with a baseline measurement of the disease and each family member. The sooner monitoring begins, the less opportunity these bacterial bugs to have to do their dirty work and require extraordinary dental responses like root planing and even extraction.

Gum Disease Quiz

If you or a family member answers “yes” to any of these, your family is at risk of gum disease. An office visit now is strongly recommended.

  • My gums bleed slightly when I brush.
  • My gums are bright red and tender.
  • My permanent teeth are loosening.
  • I’m embarrassed by persistent bad breath.
  • My gums are shrinking from my teeth.
  • My teeth or dentures fit differently when I bite.

About Dr. William J. Black

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Black has 8 children, works actively with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys gardening.

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