Nearly half of adults ages 30 and older in the United States have some form of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. If you experience red, swollen, or bleeding gums, the exceptional staff at the office of board-certified family dentist So Young Park, DDS, in San Jose, California, can help. They offer advanced gum disease treatments to restore optimal oral health and reduce your risk of receding gums and permanent tooth loss. Call her office in Willow Glen today, or use the online booking feature.
Gum disease is a gum infection that damages soft tissue surrounding your teeth. When left untreated, it can lead to receding gums, destroy bone in your jaw, or even cause tooth loss. If you experience red, swollen gums, or other signs of gum disease, see Dr. Park and her team right away for an evaluation.
The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have gum disease:
The earlier you seek treatment for gum disease, the better your chance of restoring an aesthetically pleasing smile and avoiding oral health complications.
Although anybody can develop gum disease, certain factors boost your risk of having it. Examples include poor oral hygiene habits, smoking, chewing tobacco, hormone changes, and recreational drug use. Other risk factors include obesity, poor nutrition, genetics, certain medications, a weak immune system, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and Crohn’s disease.
To diagnose gum disease and its severity, Dr. Park and her team review your oral health history, examine your teeth and gums, ask about your symptoms, and take dental X-rays. They measure pocket depths between your teeth and gums and discuss treatment options with you.
The gum disease treatment that’s best for you depends on the severity of your condition. Dr. Park might recommend:
If you have a mild form of gum disease, make simple oral hygiene changes at home. Brush your teeth at least twice daily using fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and use mouth rinse to reduce plaque. Limit added sugar, don’t chew tobacco or smoke, and attend routine dental cleanings at least every six months.
Deep dental cleaning, including scaling and root planing, removes tartar and bacteria in difficult-to-reach areas, even beneath your gum line. Using oral or topical antibiotics can also help eliminate infection-causing bacteria.
If you have an advanced stage of gum disease, Dr. Park might recommend gum pocket reduction surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration, or tissue-stimulating proteins to regenerate soft tissue or bone growth.
Don’t let gum disease progress to serious oral health problems. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online with So Young Park, DDS, today.