Last Updated on January 7, 2021
Gingivitis and Periodontal disease are more commonly known simply as Gum Disease. This can occur at all ages, and the symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease.
Gum disease begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and, if left untreated, may result in tooth decay and even loss of teeth, not to mention chronic oral pain and suffering. Your local dentist in Studio City (if you’re in Los Angeles) can take care of all your dental needs, including deep cleaning when patients show early signs of gum disease.
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Primary signs of gum disease include:
1. Receding Gums
Receding gums are the first and most obvious symptom of gum disease. A patient’s gums appear reddened at the margins, somewhat swollen and bleed with slightest harsh tooth brushing or flossing. Bleeding from the gum tissues is not normal and should not be taken lightly. The earlier the visit to the dentist, the better it is. As the gum tissues continue to recede, it can be as deep as 4 millimeters exposing root surfaces which results in acute tooth sensitivity to temperature and pressure change.
2. Bone Loss
As the disease progresses, the receding gums causes infection that damage the soft tissues and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. This not only results in tooth loss but may increase your risk of a heart attack. Schedule an appointment for a dental x-ray, to reveal the severity of bone loss in a chronic gum disease, avoiding further bone loss and infection.
3. Inflamed Gums
When left untreated, abscess formation, pus pockets accompanied by pain, swelling and discharge from the gum tissues is an advance stage of the gum disease. Extended periods of inflamed gums, destroys the fibers and bones supporting your teeth, which can cause your teeth to shift or loosen. This can affect your ability to bite and your teeth may need to be removed.
Gum disease leads to not just poor oral health but poor overall health. We recommend scheduling a regular checkup with a deep cleaning, as early stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to much more serious conditions.
We at Studio City Dental Center in Los Angeles have a team of expert dentists and staff who can take care of all your dental needs.
Apart from a highly experienced team, we have state of the art medical technology, modern equipment and a soothing atmosphere to ensure you receive the best treatments.
About the Author
Dr. Kouyoumdjian received his Doctoral of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California where he focused on esthetic…