Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease
Proactive Treatment from Our Award-Winning San Diego Dentist
Diligence in the daily task of brushing and flossing is key to maintaining
healthy teeth, gums and bones. Yet too many people neglect these important
steps and may not even realize that they are in the early stages of periodontal
disease because symptoms may not appear until the condition has progressed
to an advanced stage. An immediate appointment with a San Diego dentist
should be made if you notice red, swollen or tender gums, bleeding, loose
teeth, persistent bad breath, or changes to the way your teeth fit together.
Periodontal disease is a term for two serious conditions:
- Gingivitis: the mildest form of periodontal disease, indicative by red
and swollen gums but little to no pain.
- Periodontitis: toxins produced by bacteria irritate the gums and stimulate
an immune system response which in turn destroys the tissues of your gums
and the underlying bone.
Unfortunately, this highly destructive process often has mild symptoms
and a sufferer may not comprehend the destruction that is occurring. Though
primarily caused by poor dental hygiene, some studies show that up to
30% of people may be genetically predisposed to gum disease and that tobacco
use is a primary risk factor in its development as well.
Periodontitis may also be aggravated by poor nutrition, obesity, diabetes,
stress, grinding of the teeth, puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Beyond
causing tooth and bone loss, inflammation, and gum damage, complications
from periodontal disease can include
heart disease, respiratory problems and other systemic conditions.
Concerned about your gums? Contact us today!
Dr. Roya Mirkhan and her team are intimately concerned with your health
and in providing you with the highest possible level of dental care. Well-trained
and knowledgeable, we offer services in cosmetic dentistry,
dental implants, and
periodontics. We are recognized for our commitment to continuing education as well
as our mastery of even the most complex procedures. Each patient we represent
receives personalized and relationship-based care.
Contact our office to schedule your free consultation with our San Diego Dentist, Dr. Roya Mirkhan.