What is periodontal disease?
All day long bacteria develop on the surface of your teeth and near the gumline. When you eat and drink, a sticky film called plaque develops. Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your tooth enamel and oral tissue. You can remove some plaque buildup with regular brushing and flossing. But even the most conscientious at-home oral hygiene alone simply cannot eliminate plaque completely.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease are:
- Swollen, red or inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
- Bad breath or a bad taste even after using mouthwash or brushing your teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when biting down.
- A feeling that your teeth are coming loose
- Receding gum tissue makes your teeth appear longer
If you have periodontal disease, it is extremely important to have it taken care of as soon as possible. Periodontal disease not only leads to tooth decay and potential tooth loss. However, many people are unaware of the strong connection that has been established between the presence of periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.
The best way to prevent periodontal disease from developing in the first place is by scheduling regular exams and professional cleanings with the San Bruno Periodontal Dentistry office. If you already know you have gum disease and have been told you need surgery, contact our office. We have surgery-free options for removing periodontal disease that are quick and comfortable and require little or no recovery time.