By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

With so much emphasis placed on your teeth, it is easy to forget that the health of your gums has an equally important effect on your oral gum diseasehealth. Knowing how gum disease works and the warning signs to look out for can help you keep your gums and teeth healthy and clean between regular dental examinations. Learn more about gum disease with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

What is gum disease? 
Gum disease is a common infection of the oral tissues which affects many people. Decay begins as bacteria in the mouth which, if not removed from the teeth, hardens into sticky plaque. If the plaque remains on the teeth, it, in turn, hardens into tartar.This occurs due to bacteria becoming trapped underneath the gums and causing irritation. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis can vary in severity from mild irritation or swelling to serious pain, irritation and tooth loss.

Do I have gum disease? 
Unfortunately, many people believe that they should stop flossing their teeth if their gums bleed. However, this is actually one of the earliest signs of gum disease and bleeding gums actually become better with continued flossing. Other signs of gum disease include:

  • swollen gums
  • irritated gums
  • unexplained bad breath
  • sensitive or loose teeth
  • receding gum line
  • difficulty chewing

Gum Disease Treatments in Pasadena, CA
Treatment for mild gum disease usually begins at home with committing to a brushing and flossing routine. Brush at least twice daily and floss at least once to remove bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and underneath the gums. In more severe cases, your periodontist may suggest a periodontal cleaning performed by a dental hygienist to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and give your smile a clean slate. The most severe cases of gum disease require surgery to lift the gums and thoroughly clean underneath them.

For more information on gum disease and its treatments, please contact Dr. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cooper today!

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(626) 796-1241

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