What should your gum look like? Healthy gums should look pink and firm. Have you checked your gums? Are they inflamed or discolored? Several studies have shown links between your gums and your overall health. As medical and dental communities continue to combine their data, undoubtedly more links will become uncovered. Currently, researchers have identified connections between periodontal (gum) disease and the following health problems:
- Chronic inflammation
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
Considering the above, it only makes sense to prevent or treat gum disease quickly. Topanga Dental provides periodontal therapy for all patients who need this treatment.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease begins very subtly and goes unnoticed (which is why it is important to stay current with annual dental exams). However, after some time some of the more prominent symptoms of gum disease begin to show themselves. Some of these signs include:
- Bleeding gums (especially when brushing, flossing, or after eating)
- Clear or cloudy discharges when gums are pressed
- Sores in the mouth or gums
- Gum discoloration
- Gums that are loose around teeth (gums should be tight around teeth)
- Swelling of the gums and surrounding tissues
- Loose teeth
- Changes in how your dental appliance or work feels
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is the cultivation and damage resulting from bad bacteria living above and underneath the gum line. Over time, If left untreated these bacteria disrupt the normal function of gums by infecting gum tissues. As the infection increases, gums detach from teeth creating a variety of problems. One key issue is the creation of deep pockets between teeth and gums which results in more plaque and tartar buildup under the gum line.
Treating Periodontal Disease
There are a variety of ways to treat gum disease, and emerging methods are continuing to arise. At Topanga Dental, Dr. Maria Saguin keeps up with the latest effective strategies to treat gum disease. Since periodontal disease requires time to rectify, our treatment plan combines to form a therapy that works towards complete oral restoration. There are no gum disease cases that are the same. Therefore, Dr. Saguin will create a customized therapy for your situation.