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If you have gum disease in San Diego

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Gum (periodontal) disease is characterized by an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) which have accumulated around the teeth, causing deterioration to the surrounding area of the teeth (and can include the jawbone). It can be identified by red, swollen and bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone surrounding the teeth.

Because the early stages of gum (periodontal) diseases are usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing gum disease include the following:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Increased spaces between teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus around the gums and teeth
  • Receding gums around a tooth
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Tenderness and discomfort

Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with periodontal disease. Untreated periodontal disease is dangerous and has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

When you come in for your first exam, Dr. Munroe will examine your teeth and gums visually as well as measure the pocket depths surrounding the teeth. At this point, he will be able to give you a diagnosis and recommend treatment according to your periodontal condition. The three main treatments recommended for periodontal disease are scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), periodontal (osseous) surgery, and regular periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3-4 months. Laser therapy is also recommended in certain cases and can be beneficial during deep cleanings.