Gum Disease

Ana Grace Santos, DDS -  - General Dentistry

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Ana Grace Santos, DDS

General Dentistry located in Union City, CA

If you suffer from gum disease, you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of the adults in America have gum disease. Dr. Ana Grace Santos, DDS, offers skilled care to men, women, and children in Union City, California, who suffer from bleeding gums and painful chewing due to gum disease. For quick relief, call the office today to book an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.

Gum Disease Q & A

Gum DiseaseWhat is gum disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease can be a serious health issue because it’s often accompanied by infection, negatively affects your jaw and mouth bones, and threatens your overall health.

When the tissues in and around your gums become infected and inflamed, you may be developing gum disease.

There are four stages of gum disease with varying symptoms and increasing levels of severity:

  • Gingivitis: inflamed gums, bad breath, bleeding when flossing
  • Periodontitis: gum recession, early bone loss
  • Moderate periodontitis: moderate bone loss, pus development, tooth pain
  • Advanced periodontitis: oozing infection from gums, severe bad breath, pain while chewing, tooth loss

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease develops when bacteria in your mouth creates a substance called plaque that isn’t routinely removed with brushing or flossing. When plaque mounts up from improper oral hygiene, it becomes a more daunting material called tartar and leads to gum recession.

Who gets gum disease?

You have a higher chance of getting gum disease if you:

  • Smoke or use other tobacco products
  • Do not have regular brushing and flossing habits
  • Have a high-sugar diet
  • Have a compromised immune system
  • Are genetically predisposed
  • Have braces or other dental devices
  • Have badly misaligned teeth
  • Don’t go to the dentist for regular check-ups

How is gum disease treated?

Depending on the cause of your gum disease, Dr. Santos develops a custom plan that addresses the root cause. If gum disease is caught in its early stages, a professional cleaning and thorough at-home hygiene often corrects the problem.

If left to advance, Dr. Santos may recommend more intense cleaning procedures like scaling or root planing to remove resistant pockets of harmful bacteria. If necessary, antibiotics may be prescribed to ward off stubborn bacteria.

In some cases, surgery is necessary to completely eradicate infection and repair gum and bone loss.

If you have signs or symptoms of gum disease, it’s imperative to get checked before the disease progresses and threatens your overall health. For thorough treatment of gum disease and to restore your oral wellness, call Dr. Santos for a consultation or book an appointment online.