September: National Gum Care Month!
General Dentistry Los Altos
Gum disease – or periodontal disease – is a long-term infection in your gums that if left undiagnosed and untreated results in loss of gum tissue, the underlying bone, and eventually loss of your teeth in the infected areas. Over 80% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease-inflicted damage to their gums, teeth, and surrounding bone by the age of 45.
Early signs of gum disease are:
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums are tender to the touch, or hot / cold
- Gum noticeably receding from teeth
- Bleeding easily from brushing or flossing
- Changes in bite
Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease and bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus – or tartar. This can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth and bone loss. Your Los Altos dentist Dr. Diamond and their dedicated staff will make sure you leave their office with plaque and tartar free teeth and the knowledge and tools to help keep your smile disease free.
The health of your gums plays a key role in your overall physical health. You can prevent periodontal disease with regular checkups with your Los Altos dentist Dr. Diamond and of course with daily brushing and flossing. If you notice your gums are red or bleeding easily, call your Los Altos dentist at 650-948-0786 today for a periodontal checkup and cleaning.