Gum Disease Specialist

Beautiful Smiles, Inc.

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Newport Beach, CA

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans aged 30 or older have some form of gum disease, a serious dental condition that leads to tooth loss in some cases. At Beautiful Smiles, Inc. in Newport Beach, California, a team of dental experts is available to help stop gum disease and keep your mouth as healthy as possible. To learn more about the impacts of gum disease, as well as your treatment options, call Beautiful Smiles, Inc. or book an appointment online today.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection in your gum tissues that causes a variety of dental problems, such as:

  • Gum inflammation
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tissue damage
  • Bone damage
  • Tooth loss

What makes gum disease difficult to detect is that it is often painless, even in its most advanced stages. Many patients may notice gum inflammation and bleeding during the disease’s early stages, but as it progresses, you may stop experiencing those symptoms.

What causes gum disease?

Caused by a buildup of plaque — a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth — gum disease gradually worsens over time without proper treatment. Some of the most common gum disease risk factors include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Genetics
  • Crooked teeth
  • Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications

If you suspect that you are suffering from gum disease, early intervention is your best bet for maintaining a healthy smile.

How is gum disease treated?

Gum disease is entirely treatable in its earliest stages, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist as soon as you notice the warning signs. There are two main stages of gum disease:

Gingivitis

The mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis typically causes gum inflammation, redness, and bleeding. With the right oral hygiene plan and professional cleanings at Beautiful Smiles, Inc., gingivitis is reversible.

Periodontitis

When gingivitis is left untreated, it can turn into periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease in which plaque becomes trapped underneath the gum line. Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis is not reversible and may take extensive treatments to repair the damage. Over time, you may notice gum recession — when your gums separate from your teeth — forming pockets between your gums and teeth.

As more gum tissue and bone are destroyed, your teeth will no longer have stable support, causing them to loosen and, eventually, fall out. In addition to professional cleanings, the dentists at Beautiful Smiles, Inc. may recommend scaling and root planing. This treatment involves pulling back the gums, allowing your dentist to deep clean underneath your gums and eliminate pockets of bacteria. In some cases, periodontal surgery, which includes tissue and bone grafting, may be needed to repair the damage.

Gum disease is a potentially serious dental condition that leads to bone and tooth loss. To ensure your gums and teeth remain as healthy as possible, call Beautiful Smiles, Inc. or book an appointment online today.