Healthy gums do more than improve the way your smile looks. They also play a role in protecting your oral health. But one of their most important jobs is to safeguard your overall well-being. Our dentist, Dr. Nicole Chen, and our team offer periodontal solutions in Bakersfield, California, to address gum disease. Contact Rosedale Dental Studio at 661-501-4746 to enjoy a healthier smile and body.
What Are the Causes and Signs of Gum Disease?
Gum disease can be the result of poor oral hygiene, hormonal changes or even genetics. But in most cases, it is caused by an accumulation of plaque on the teeth. Healthy gums are pink in color, and gum tissue affected by periodontal disease may be bright red or even blue in color. Gums may be tender or swollen and bleed easily during brushing and flossing. Loose teeth and bad breath may also be present.
Why Is Gum Disease a Problem?
Left untreated, gum disease could result in receding gums and lost teeth. In an advanced stage, it can contribute to loss of bone tissue in your jaw. But beyond your smile, gum disease can create complications for people living with diabetes. Gum disease has also been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, respiratory issues, stroke, and premature birth or low birth rates. Studies have also found a link between periodontal problems and Alzheimer’s disease.
How Is This Problem Treated?
In some cases, our dentist may suggest improving your home dental care routine or making some changes to your lifestyle. Scaling and root planing can also be an effective way of addressing the problem in the early stage, also known as gingivitis. If your problem has reached a more advanced stage, called periodontitis, a more aggressive form of treatment may be required. We will work with you to find the best option for your smile.