• Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease

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    The dentist San Mateo families trust for their cosmetic dentistry and oral health is a quick call away when it comes to your oral health and smile.  In addition to a wide range of services developed to keep your smile looking great, we are also always looking for early signs of periodontal disease.  Learn to spot the signs of gum disease and understand how a great oral hygiene regimen can keep your gums and teeth in optimal condition.  You are our priority along with making sure your oral health is the best it can be.

    Periodontal Disease at a Glance

    Periodontal disease is also called gum disease.  It begins as an inflammation of the gums and tissues surrounding the teeth.  Bacteria and plaque are the cause of this inflammation which results in red, swollen and sometimes bleeding tissues.  Gum disease, or periodontal disease, begins as gingivitis when plaque is affecting the gums.  When left untreated, plaque turns, or hardens, to tartar and progresses to periodontal disease.

    What to expect from gum disease

    Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from teeth; thus increasing the size of the tooth’s surface area exposed tooth decay, plaque, and tartar.  Without proper maintenance, the risk of cavities and tooth decay increases.  Additionally, your receding gums allow plaque and bacteria to deteriorate the bones of your oral cavity.  Loose teeth and tooth loss are a result of this action.

    Early Signs of Gum Disease

    If caught early enough, periodontal disease can be treated.  Talk with our San Mateo dentist if you have concerns or see symptoms and signs such as:

    • Red or swollen gums
    • Bleeding gums
    • Sore or painful gums
    • Loose teeth

    Gingivitis can be reversed much easier than periodontal disease.  Before your gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease, reach out to our team. 

    Good Oral Hygiene

    A good routine consisting of daily brushing and flossing as directed by our San Mateo dentist is the first place to start.  If you see receding gums, experience pain while eating or drinking, or have loose teeth, schedule an appointment.  We will work to prevent tooth loss and to restore your oral health. 

    Ensure that your great smile remains healthy as well as free of periodontal disease symptoms.  Connect with us on Facebook for the latest in oral health care or talk with our San Mateo dentist if you have concerns.  We’re here to make sure your smile is great and healthy.