Gum Disease Specialist

Smiles of San Jose

Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in San Jose, CA

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to severe tooth decay and in the most severe cases, even tooth loss. That’s why the experienced team at Smiles of San Jose in San Jose, California, routinely treat gum disease and help reverse its harmful effects. The dental team offers nonsurgical treatment to address the root causes and restore the health of your teeth and gums. If you’re experiencing symptoms like bleeding or tender gums, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease? 

Gum disease is a progressive condition that is characterized by infection and inflammation of the soft tissue that holds your teeth in place.

If it’s left untreated, gum disease can get  worse, causing loss of the bone that supports your teeth and eventually tooth loss. Over time, this can negatively affect facial volume, which is also called facial drooping. 

What causes gum disease?

Many different kinds of bacteria live inside your mouth at any given time. While many of these bacteria are harmless, some damage your teeth and gums.

Good oral hygiene practices help limit the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Inadequate brushing and flossing allow harmful bacteria to accumulate around your gum line. This is the root cause of infection and inflammation of your gum tissue.

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

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Here are some of the most common 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 go away on their own. In fact, they’ll get worse if you don’t seek treatment with the experts at Smiles of San Jose. Untreated gum disease usually leads to severe infections, tooth loss, and loss of facial bone tissue.

How is gum disease treated?

Keeping up with your regular dental cleanings and maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent or at least limit your risk of gum disease. During routine checkups, the team at Smiles of San Jose carefully examines your gums, cleans your teeth, and removes plaque near your gumline.

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

More in-depth dental cleanings help remove plaque and bacteria from below the gumline. These types of cleanings are called scaling and root planing, or SRP, treatments. In more severe instances of gum disease, surgery or tissue grafting could be needed.

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

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