What is the Periodontal Disease and How Can It Affect Me?

Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease occurs when decay and problems arise within your gums and the bones below your teeth. This generally occurs due to the neglect and lack of maintenance of your dental health over a prolonged period of time. Plaque - a film of debris, bacteria and saliva that forms on your teeth - can turn into tartar without proper daily care and removal. When plaque and tartar are not removed, they begin to impact the health of your gums and bone, exhibiting their destructive work through red, swollen and bleeding gums. You should make no delay in contacting Dr. Roya Mirkhan should you be experiencing the signs of periodontal disease.

Sadly, some 80% of people have periodontal disease and do not even realize it because the condition is usually painless when in its early stages. Though it is the primary reason for tooth loss, most do not know that periodontal disease may be linked to more serious medical conditions such as diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, stroke, heart disease, and other systemic conditions. It can be positively impacted by diligent oral hygiene and regular exams and cleanings while negatively affected by poor dental care and smoking.

If you notice any of these signs, you should see a San Diego dentist immediately - failure to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment can have severe repercussions:

  • Loose teeth or new spacing between teeth
  • Red and puffy gums
  • Bleeding or pus around the gums
  • Persistent bad breath and halitosis
  • Receding gum line
  • Tenderness and pain around the gums

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Recognized among the top dentists in the country by both her peers and prestigious publications, Dr. Roya Mirkhan and members of her practice specialize in cosmetic, periodontal and dental implant care. Our team cares deeply about you and is fully committed to providing outstanding dental care and establishing a long-term relationship with our patients.

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