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By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
May 22, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Do you pay attention to your gums? You should—periodontal disease (i.e. gum disease) is the biggest reason for tooth loss in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Read on to learn the signs of periodontal disease and how it's treated by your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist Dr. John Stockdale!

What is periodontal disease?

Also called gum disease, gingivitis (in its mildest form), and periodontitis, periodontal disease inflames and infects gum tissue, destroyingGum Disease the supporting bone structure and adversely affecting systemic health. Although it plagues about half of the adult population in the United States by the age of 30, periodontitis can be controlled with the help of proper oral hygiene.

The key to this control is eradicating the bacteria that causes plaque and tartar. When allowed to grow, these two materials cause distressing symptoms such as:

  • Reddened, tender gums
  • Bleeding
  • Pus along the gum line
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Swelling of gum tissue
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in dental bite and alignment or in the fit of a denture

Detection and treatment by your dentist in Rancho Cucamonga

During routine dental visits, Dr. Stockdale and his team check the health status of your gums. They do this by measuring your gum pockets, the spaces between your teeth and the adjoining gum tissue. Measurements greater than three millimeters cause concern and require treatment.

Most periodontitis can be arrested and managed with a thorough tooth scaling to remove deposits of tartar and plaque. More advanced cases may require advanced services such as gum grafting. Your dentist may instill antibiotics into gum pockets as needed.

Prevention of periodontal disease

While there can be a hereditary component to gum disease, everyone can enjoy healthier gums by following these recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA):

  • Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent tartar.
  • See your dentist every six months for a check-up and hygienic cleaning (some patients require more frequent cleanings.)
  • Consume a diet low in carbohydrates and processed sugars. Up your intake of fibrous vegetables and fruits.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day. Water increases saliva and antibacterial action.
  • Avoid tobacco—both cigarettes and smokeless forms.
  • Limit how much alcohol you can consume, for these drinks dry out the mouth and encourage bacterial growth.

Healthy gums, healthy smile, healthy you

Yes, your gums play a vital role in your overall well-being. Is it time for your semi-annual check-up and cleaning with Dr. Stockdale? If so, contact Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga at (909) 987-0400.



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