Novato, CA Dentist Describes Complications of Periodontal Disease

Written by Dr. McConnell on Nov 4, 2014

These days we hear a lot about the impact that periodontal disease can have on our oral health. But patients who visit the Novato, CA Dentist may not understand all the ways in which it can impact their general health. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a particular concern because statistics now show that three out of four people already suffer from some extent of the disease.
What is periodontal disease?

All day long bacteria develop on the surface of your teeth and near the gum line. When you eat and drink, a sticky film called plaque develops. Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your tooth enamel and oral tissue. You can remove some plaque buildup with regular brushing and flossing. But even the most conscientious at-home oral hygiene alone simply cannot eliminate plaque completely.

Why is it important to treat periodontal disease?

If you have periodontal disease, it is extremely important to have it taken care of by your dentist as soon as possible. Periodontal disease not only leads to tooth decay and potential tooth loss but a strong connection has been established between the presence of periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.

How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease are:

  • Swollen, red or inflamed gums
  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath or a bad taste even after using mouthwash or brushing your teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when biting down
  • A feeling that your teeth are coming loose
  • Receding gum tissue makes your teeth appear longer

The best way to prevent gum disease from developing in the first place is by scheduling regular exams and professional cleanings with the Novato, CA Dentist office. If you have gum disease and have been told you need surgery, contact our office. We have surgery-free options for removing periodontal disease that are quick and comfortable and require little or no recovery time.