Visit Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton, CA to learn about your best treatment options for periodontal disease. This is a common yet easily preventable condition. When it’s caught early, extreme treatments (like surgery) aren’t needed. Come in for a dental exam to find what steps you should take for a healthier smile.
What Is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is an infection of the gums. You’ll often hear dentists talk about it alongside gingivitis — a separate condition that precedes periodontitis. The inflammation gingivitis causes create pockets between your teeth and gums, where debris can get trapped and lead to infection. That’s why many people call periodontitis “advanced gum disease.”
Taking a few moments every day to examine your teeth and gums in the mirror can help you spot warning signs. Here are some gum disease symptoms to look for:
- Bleeding While Brushing
- Bad Breath
- Bad Taste In Your Mouth
- Red, Tender, Swollen Gums
- Painful Chewing
- Teeth Look Longer Than Normal
- Loose Teeth
- Sensitive Teeth
Common Periodontal Treatments
Good oral hygiene is the best method for preventing and treating periodontal disease, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Plaque build-up is the leading risk factor for gum disease, so controlling it is essential for preventing periodontitis. If regular brushing isn’t enough for you, consider switching to an electric toothbrush. You can also talk with our dentist about adding an anti-plaque mouthwash or water pick to your routine.
Non-Surgical Options To Consider
If your teeth and gums get worse, our dentists can advise you on what treatment options will work best for you. You might be worried that you’ll need surgery. However, only the most severe cases require this step. Several non-surgical periodontal treatments are available. Here are some that your dentist may recommend.
- Brushing With Special Toothpaste
- Using An Antibacterial Mouthwash
- Antibiotic Medication
- Root Planing
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Concerned about your gum health? Book an appointment with us at Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton, CA today. Our dentist will give you the quality care you’re looking for and address any specific problems you are having including your risks and treatment options for periodontal disease.