Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in older adults. A chronic infection that strikes the gums, periodontal disease often begins slowly and with few obvious symptoms. However, without treatment, the infection can destroy the supporting tissues of the teeth, erode bone tissue and spread bacteria into the bloodstream. In fact, periodontal disease has been linked with serious health problems ranging from type 2 diabetes and heart disease to dementia and stillbirth. If you have periodontal disease, our Los Angeles periodontics expert can help.
Recognizing the symptoms early can be your best defense against periodontal disease. Common symptoms include gums that look red or shiny. They may be puffy or swollen, or they may be pulling away from the roots of the teeth. Many patients have foul breath that is not alleviated by brushing and flossing, and their gums bleed when teeth are brushed or flossed. If you have these symptoms, you need to schedule a periodontal evaluation.
The goal of periodontal treatment is to eliminate or control the infection and protect the long-term health of your smile. The best way to reduce the risk of periodontal disease is through meticulous daily brushing and flossing, regular professional cleanings and reducing controllable risk factors, such as poor diet or tobacco use. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.