The word Periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal Diseases, also known as Gum Disease, are ongoing infections of the gums that gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Unless the disease is treated, it can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Dental Plaque constantly forms on your teeth, even minutes after cleaning. If plaque builds-up on your teeth, it turns into calculus.
When plaque and calculus are not adequately removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone causing infection. Periodontal Disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
Four out of five patients who have Periodontal Disease are unaware they have it. Most people are not aware of it because Periodontal Disease is often painless and symptomless.
Since Periodontal Disease is likely linked to other major diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, Pleasanton CA Periodontal Disease Dentist, Dr. John Gowey, takes great pride in helping you optimize your general health by providing state-of-the-art Periodontal Care to patients in the East Bay Areas of: Pleasanton, Danville, Castro Valley, Livermore, San Ramon, Sunol, Dublin, and Fremont.
Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with Periodontal Disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.
Important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Signs and symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
- Red or Swollen Gums
- Tender Gums
- Bleeding Gums
- Loose Teeth
- New Spacing Between Teeth
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Pus Around the Teeth and Gums
- Receding Gums
The best way to prevent Gum Disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Pleasanton CA East Bay Periodontal Disease Expert, Dr. John M. Gowey, can help reduce your risk of developing Periodontal Disease.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from Periodontal Disease, please contact the office of Pleasanton CA East Bay Periodontal Disease Dentistry, Dr. John M. Gowey at 925-271-9291 today! Dr. Gowey and his caring staff can diagnose the problem, determine how far the disease has progressed, and recommend an appropriate treatment.