Get Help For Gum Disease
Periodontal Care In Fullerton
Gum disease is a serious oral health issue, and about half of all adults in America have some form of gum disease. Without treatment, it can cause permanent tooth loss and a variety of other oral health complications. So don’t wait. Get the periodontal care you need from Dr. Hang Pham by scheduling an oral exam and consultation in Fullerton at All Day Smile.
Understanding The Basics
What Is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis, also called “gum disease” or “periodontal disease” is an infection of your gums caused by oral bacteria. This condition occurs when poor oral hygiene, genetic factors, and other risk factors like smoking combine to cause an uncontrolled growth of oral bacteria between the teeth and gums.
Over time, the bacteria begin to attack your gums. In the initial stage of gum disease, this only causes minor inflammation. But if it’s left untreated, the infection will progress and cause permanent, irreversible damage to your gums and the support structure of your teeth.
It can be prevented by maintaining proper oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet, and by quitting smoking and taking other steps to reduce the risk of gum disease.
How Do I Know
If I Have Periodontitis?
The most common signs of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gums disease, include gum inflammation, reddish gums, and bleeding when brushing and flossing, as well as halitosis (bad breath). If you notice these issues, you may have gum disease.
As periodontitis worsens, so do its symptoms. You may notice gum recession, which makes your teeth look longer, as well as pain and sensitivity when chewing, a change in how your teeth fit together, and a foul taste in your mouth. Serious cases of “advanced periodontitis” may even cause pus to form between the teeth and gums, and result in the loosening of multiple teeth, or even teeth falling out.