Gum Disease: Treatment and Prevention

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, is quite common and can often have devastating effects. While brushing and flossing can help prevent gum disease, professional dental care is often necessary to detect and prevent serious issues.

At Dr. Robert Rosenfeld’s Solana Beach practice, we offer gum disease treatment for our patients. We also strive to provide our patients with the information and treatment necessary for preventing gum disease altogether. Don’t let gum disease turn into a more serious issue that can have lasting and damaging effects on your body. 

Gum Disease Defined and Its Early Stages

Gum disease occurs in three 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 gumline. As the issue progresses, the inflammation spreads and affects the jawbone, which is why gum disease often results in tooth loss.

Gum disease is typically caused by the same plaque that causes cavities. Plaque is essentially a bacteria that builds up between the teeth and gums. When left untreated, simple gingivitis can progress into periodontitis as gum inflammation spreads. 

Because gingivitis can often go unnoticed, we want you to be aware of the symptoms and warning signs associated with early stage gum disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

Although bleeding gums are a tell-tale sign of gum disease, several signs and symptoms may point toward periodontitis. Gum disease is often painless, so some patients may not recognize they have it, which only gives the disease time to progress. 

In an effort to treat gums disease as early as possible, keep an eye out for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing. 
  • A receding gum line. 
  • Swollen, tender, and/or red gums. 
  • Loose teeth
  • Constant bad breath or bad taste in the mouth. 
  • Pain when chewing food. 
  • Increased tooth sensitivity. 

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is both preventable and treatable, and removing plaque is the best way to fend off gingivitis and periodontal disease. Come into our Solana Beach practice for teeth cleanings with Dr. Rosenfeld. 

Keep in mind that 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: Call Today to Find Out More About Gum Disease Treatment

If you’ve noticed any signs of gum disease, be sure to contact our Solana Beach practice today! You can give us a call at 858-755-1198 to schedule an appointment with us today. You can also contact us here.