Get Gum Disease Treated Quickly Prevent further damage to your teeth. Gum disease is a big problem. By some estimates, as many as half of all adults suffer from the condition. Most people think that it can't happen to them, but it's easy to become a statistic! Quick treatment can prevent periodontal disease from spreading and causing more damage. If you suspect a problem, don't hesitate to contact our office for a checkup and consultation. Call (916) 483-5900 to schedule an appointment. Symptoms of [...]
Do You Have Bleeding Gums? When brushing your teeth and flossing, there should never be any sign of bleeding gums. However, many people continue to experience this issue. Find out the major causes and possible implications. Periodontal Disease The most severe potential cause of bleeding gums is periodontal disease. An infection of the gum tissue, it can cause red, swollen, bleeding gums, as well as bad breath. If left untreated, more advanced stages of the disease can even lead to tooth loss. If you [...]
Ongoing Treatment For Gum Disease Why extra appointments are so important. If you're diagnosed with gum disease, know that you're not alone. It's estimated that half of all adults in the US are affected by some form of the condition (which can also go by names like gingivitis, periodontal disease, and periodontitis). As your care proceeds, you'll learn that ongoing appointments are an important part of periodontal treatment. Periodontal treatment is ongoing because the disease process is ongoing. Periodontitis has a nasty habit of [...]
The Dental Connection to Diabetes The first symptoms are often oral problems More and more, we realize there's a relationship between infections in your mouth and inflammation caused by diabetes. And neglecting one makes the other worse! Make sure your blood glucose is controlled. If you have diabetes, uncontrolled blood glucose makes you more susceptible to gum disease. And a severe gum infection, in turn, makes it even tougher to control your blood glucose. Make an extra effort to baby those teeth and gums. [...]
Periodontal Disease Can Be Painless One of the reasons gum disease is such a problem is that it progresses gradually, often with no pain during the initial stages. So how can you tell if you're affected? Have a look at some of the symptoms: Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing - No amount of bleeding is normal. Red, swollen, or tender gums - Redness can be a sign of irritation or infection. Gums should be a healthy shade of pink or coral. Bad [...]
Inflammation is the fire your body builds to burn out attackers like bacteria, viruses or parasites. If you've ever gotten a scratch that grows swollen and hot to the touch you've encountered acute, or temporary, inflammation. Then the healing begins. Far more serious is chronic inflammation (CI). It's like a fire inside your body that never goes out and increasingly researchers are recognizing it as a significant factor contributing to heart disease. A simple blood test for chronic inflammation focuses on C-reactive protein (CRP), [...]
Periodontal disease, (aka gum disease) is painless in its early stages. So how can you tell if it's in your future? Take a good look at your gums. Then call us. Do your gums bleed—at all—when you brush? Are your gums swollen, red or tender? Have any permanent teeth loosened? Are you distressed by persistent bad breath? Are your gums pulling away from your teeth? Do your teeth or partial dentures fit together differently when you bite down?