Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, or Gum disease, is a broad term that encompasses several periodontal issues. The first indication is usually pain or swelling of the gum area near the teeth. Bleeding sometimes occurs after brushing and flossing. Gum disease can be caused by a buildup of plaque, physical health issues, or genetic predisposition.

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. If treated promptly there will be no permanent damage to the teeth or gums. Periodontitis can occur when gingivitis is not treated appropriately. In this stage the gums become infected and pull away from the teeth. This can cause loose teeth and bone damage. The most serious stage of gum disease is acute periodontitis. Patients may notice breath odor, infection risks increase, and there is often loss of teeth.

Gum disease is a serious health risk so the gum area is checked at each preventative visit. Treatment can be as simple as dental cleaning, flossing, and using a medicated mouth rinse. In advanced cases medication or gum surgery may be indicated.

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Riverside Dental Center Office

4959 Arlington Avenue, Suite F
Riverside, CA 92504

Phone: (951) 353-8454