The Dangers Of Periodontal Disease

encinitas gum diseaseStudies from the Centers for Disease Control reveal that half of adults ages 30 and older suffer from some stage of periodontal disease. Without treatment, the presence of this disease could eventually lead to discomfort and even missing teeth. In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talk about the dangers of gum disease and how to start treatment!

The Causes of Periodontal Disease

When our gums become inflamed, also known as gingivitis, this could increase in severity unless treated. When the tissues begin to pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets, then disease-causing bacteria can enter them to cause gum disease. At this stage, you need care to manage the disease and prevent major complications. The factors behind your initial inflammation include lack of proper oral hygiene and a diet high in sugar and starch, which can cause the plaque buildup that irritates the gum tissues. Other factors include tobacco use, inflammatory illnesses, a family history of the disease, and the use of certain medications.

Warning Signs and Long-Term Complications

Warning signs could include sore gums that appear redder than usual, or that bleed easily. The tissues could also recede, causing teeth to appear longer and uneven. Without treatment, the disease could increase the risk of tooth decay and infection as the roots are exposed by recession. You also risk tooth loss if the periodontitis stage is reached, which destroys the connective tissues between the teeth and gums. The issue is also linked to other inflammatory illnesses and diseases. Essentially, you need care to protect your smile’s stability and safeguard your overall health.

Starting Treatment

When you begin to exhibit the warning signs, then please reach out to our team right away. We will carefully examine your smile with detailed digital imagery, so we can make a diagnosis and plan the most appropriate treatment option. For some, this could involve preventive cleanings, Supportive Periodontal Maintenance, or even holistic treatments like Ozone Therapy or antibiotics. For more severe cases, we could use dental lasers to trim away diseased tissues and allow healthy ones to reattach to the teeth. We can also offer conservative gum grafts with the Pinhole Surgical Technique, so you enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile.

If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat periodontal disease, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile.

Make an Appointment With Your San Diego, CA, Periodontist Today!

We would like to help you find the best solution for your periodontal issues, so your smile can stay whole and beautiful. Call Dr. Kania in Encinitas, CA today to find out more about our potential treatment options and get started with treatment at 760-642-0711.