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

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.

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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.

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