Gum Disease: Treatment and Prevention

Though brushing and flossing are two practices aimed at preventing cavities, they are also necessary in preventing gum disease. Also called periodontal disease or periodontitis, gum disease is quite common and can even have devastating effects. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing alone are often times not enough to prevent the disease, as a variety of other factors can come into play. In short, gum disease is common, yet preventable.

At Dr. Robert Rosenfeld’s Solana Beach practice, we offer gum disease treatment for those who already suffer from the issue. However, we also strive to provide our nearby patients with the information necessary in preventing the disease altogether. Because gum disease can have such concerning affects, even to your health, it’s essential that every patient do what they can to avoid periodontal disease. Take a moment to learn how you can reduce your risk for such, and how it can be successfully treated.

Gum Disease Defined and its Early Stages

When it comes to gum disease, there are actually three different stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Though each one is more severe than the last, all stages of gum disease start with inflammation in the gum line. As the issue progresses, the inflammation spreads and affects the teeth-supporting bone, which is why tooth loss is often a result.

In terms of cause, gum disease typically results from the same plaque that causes cavities. The bacteria within this plaque builds up between the teeth and gums, ultimately becoming inflamed. When left untreated, simple gingivitis can progress into periodontitis as the inflammation spreads, like we mentioned above. Because gingivitis can often go unnoticed within patients, you should be aware of the many symptoms and warning signs associated with such.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

While bleeding gums are a tell-tale sign of gum disease, there are actually a broad range of signs that may point toward periodontitis in its various stages. Gum disease is often painless, so some patients fail to even recognize it, which only gives the disease time to progress. In an effort to treat the issues as early as possible, keep an eye out for the signs and symptoms to follow:

  • Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Swollen, tender, and/or red gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Constant bad breath/taste
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Sensitive teeth

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Though gum disease quickly becomes a serious issue, it’s completely preventable and treatable. When it comes down to it, removing plaque is the best way to fend off gingivitis and periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing are two of the most effective ways to do so, but you should also come into our Solana Beach practice for teeth cleanings with Dr. Rosenfeld. However, risk factors like age, diet, and genetics also come into play, which makes routine checkups a sound option as well. When gum disease does take hold, you can rely on Dr. Robert Rosenfeld to help get your gums back on track!

General Dentistry Solana Beach: Gum Disease Treatment

Clearly, gum disease can be quite the serious matter. With so many causes and risk factors, visiting Dr. Rosenfeld regularly for teeth cleanings and checkups is great practice, but you should also keep up on your at-home regimen. If you’ve noticed any signs of gum disease, be sure to contact our Solana Beach practice today!

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Allan C.

"As good as it gets is correct!  Dr. Rosenfeld and his team are no-ka-oi!  He is a caring and kind professional with a bit o bend toward perfectionism.  The latter being a good thing when it comes to one's teeth.  At 58 he filled my first EVER cavity.  I was a bit nervous not having had that procedure ever before.  Dr. Rosenfeld took the time to make sure the area was numb to minimize my discomfort.  We agreed I probably needed a little more so he administered two more doses.  No discomfort whatsoever.  Toward the end of last year, I needed my first ever cap to repair a fissure in one of my molars.  This is where the perfectionism came into play - Dr. Rosenfeld made sure the cap exactly matched the color of my teeth. Dr. Rosenfeld is a marvelous practitioner!  I've recommended four friends to him and they all love him and his incredible team."

Allan C. 

5.0
2016-11-17T20:39:23+00:00
"As good as it gets is correct!  Dr. Rosenfeld and his team are no-ka-oi!  He is a caring and kind professional with a bit o bend toward perfectionism.  The latter being a good thing when it comes to one's teeth.  At 58 he filled my first EVER cavity.  I was a bit nervous not having had that procedure ever before.  Dr. Rosenfeld took the time to make sure the area was numb to minimize my discomfort.  We agreed I probably needed a little more so he administered two more doses.  No discomfort whatsoever.  Toward the end of last year, I needed my first ever cap to repair a fissure in one of my molars.  This is where the perfectionism came into play - Dr. Rosenfeld made sure the cap exactly matched the color of my teeth. Dr. Rosenfeld is a marvelous practitioner!  I've recommended four friends to him and they all love him and his incredible team." Allan C. 

Barbara M.

"Dr. Rosenfeld is extremely knowledgeable and personable. He is very detail oriented and does an excellent job every time. Highly recommended. His staff is also excellent!"

Barbara M. 

5.0
2016-11-17T20:40:14+00:00
"Dr. Rosenfeld is extremely knowledgeable and personable. He is very detail oriented and does an excellent job every time. Highly recommended. His staff is also excellent!" Barbara M. 

Kristin B.

"Seriously the best dentist our family has ever had. Dr Rosenfeld is great (for me) for the regular cleanings) and wonderful for my husband who has very problematic teeth and gums. Dr. Rosenfeld figured out the best way to help my husband minimize future problems and keep his mouth healthy."


Kristin B.

5.0
2016-07-12T17:10:46+00:00
"Seriously the best dentist our family has ever had. Dr Rosenfeld is great (for me) for the regular cleanings) and wonderful for my husband who has very problematic teeth and gums. Dr. Rosenfeld figured out the best way to help my husband minimize future problems and keep his mouth healthy." Kristin B.

Adena F.

"Dr. Rosenfeld is the best! I’ve been going to him for 10+ years now and he’s been nothing but caring and an excellent dentist to me. He really makes a point to make sure that you’re comfortable throughout the whole appointment. He even gave me lip balm during working on my cavity to make sure I was as comfortable as possible! When I come in, I feel nervous and dreadful but Dr. Rosenfeld somehow always has a way of leaving me with a smile when we are done. Not that i will hope for another cavity though, of course."


Adena F.

5.0
2016-07-12T17:00:05+00:00
"Dr. Rosenfeld is the best! I’ve been going to him for 10+ years now and he’s been nothing but caring and an excellent dentist to me. He really makes a point to make sure that you’re comfortable throughout the whole appointment. He even gave me lip balm during working on my cavity to make sure I was as comfortable as possible! When I come in, I feel nervous and dreadful but Dr. Rosenfeld somehow always has a way of leaving me with a smile when we are done. Not that i will hope for another cavity though, of course." Adena F.

Kevin B.

"Dr. Rosenfeld and his staff are absolutely AMAZING.  I have a fear of dentists and dentistry, but Dr. Rosenfeld and his outstanding team went the extra mile to make sure that I felt comfortable, reassured me that they would do anything and everything to take great care of me, and never made me feel anything but a very valued patient.  I never knew that an office would go so far to help me get through some challenging (at least for me) dental procedures.  Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for this office.  If only all businesses could provide the same level of customer service..  Oh, did I forget to mention that their work is top notch.  Worth every penny!"

Kevin B.

5.0
2016-11-17T20:36:13+00:00
"Dr. Rosenfeld and his staff are absolutely AMAZING.  I have a fear of dentists and dentistry, but Dr. Rosenfeld and his outstanding team went the extra mile to make sure that I felt comfortable, reassured me that they would do anything and everything to take great care of me, and never made me feel anything but a very valued patient.  I never knew that an office would go so far to help me get through some challenging (at least for me) dental procedures.  Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for this office.  If only all businesses could provide the same level of customer service..  Oh, did I forget to mention that their work is top notch.  Worth every penny!" Kevin B.

Amber S.

"Dr. Rosenfeld is awesome does an awesome job and very friendly  I got a gold tooth and was perfect."

Amber S. 

5.0
2016-11-17T20:41:11+00:00
"Dr. Rosenfeld is awesome does an awesome job and very friendly  I got a gold tooth and was perfect." Amber S. 
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