Gum Disease Specialist

Lodi Healthy Smiles

Gladys Cruz, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Lodi, CA

Gum disease can lead to severe tooth decay, and in more serious cases, even tooth loss. If you’re noticing symptoms, such as bleeding or receding gums, turn to the experienced team at Lodi Healthy Smiles in Lodi, California, for help. The dental team offers nonsurgical treatment options to target the root causes and restore your smile. Gum disease is a serious matter. To learn more about treatment options, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease? 

Gum disease is a progressive condition marked by an infection of the soft tissue that holds your teeth in place. 

When gum disease is left untreated it may progress and worsen, causing loss of the bone that supports your teeth and eventual tooth loss. Over time, this can also negatively impact facial volume. 

What causes gum disease?

There are many different kinds of bacteria that live inside your mouth. While many of these bacteria are harmless, some types of bacteria damage your teeth and gums. 

Good oral hygiene practices help keep bad bacteria out. Poor brushing and flossing allow harmful bacteria to accumulate around your gum line causing a host of oral health problems. 

Certain medical conditions also increase your risk of gum disease. Pregnancy or conditions like diabetes can impact your immune system, making you more vulnerable to oral infections. 

If you have any long-term medical conditions, talk to the team at Lodi Healthy Smiles to learn more about your potential risk for gum disease and what to do about it. 

What are the common signs and symptoms of gum disease?

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of gum disease:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Mouth sores

Gum disease is a progressive condition. That means your symptoms won’t miraculously improve over time; they’ll actually worsen if you don’t seek treatment. Untreated gum disease leads to severe infections, tooth loss, and even loss of facial bone tissue. 

How does the treatment of gum disease work?

Regular dental cleanings are the best way to prevent gum disease. The team at Lodi Healthy Smiles uses these visits to carefully examine your gums, clean your teeth, and remove plaque near the gum line. 

Regular cleanings and good oral hygiene are often enough to stop gum disease in its earliest stages, but if your gum disease is advanced, you may need additional treatments. 

More in-depth dental cleanings help remove plaque and bacteria from below the gum line. These types of cleanings are called scaling and root planing, or SRP. 

In more severe cases of gum disease, surgery or tissue grafting may be needed. If gum disease results in lost teeth, the team at Lodi Healthy Smiles can discuss your cosmetic dentistry options to restore your smile and oral health. 

To find out more about gum disease prevention and treatment options, call the office or book a consultation online today.