Are your gums swollen or tender? Do your gums bleed easily, such as when you floss or brush your teeth? Do your gums look redder than usual? If you answered “yes,” to these questions, you may suffer from a condition known as periodontal disease. Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is a condition that affects the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque and starts as inflammation in the gums. When not treated, this can progress into a more serious infection that may lead to a receding gum line, bone loss, and tooth loss. In addition, untreated periodontal disease has been linked to several health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
In order to help you avoid these serious complications, our dentist provides quality treatment for gum disease in Anaheim, California. Gum treatment may include various services, depending on your specific needs. Some of our most common treatments for gum disease include additional professional cleanings, improved at-home dental hygiene, antibiotic treatments, and deep cleanings known as scaling and root planing. We welcome you to contact Dr. Francisco Kim and our team at Artistry Dental today to learn more about gum treatment.