Periodontal Care in Laguna Hills

Reverse & Halt Gum Disease

Laguna Hills Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is an extremely common dental issue, and it is a leading cause of tooth loss. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss or if your gums are inflamed, these are signs that you may have periodontal disease. Call Stan Kimball DDS to schedule a consultation if you notice any of these symptoms!

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Nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease.

If gum disease is caught during its earliest stage (also known as “gingivitis”), it is completely reversible.

Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, though genetics and other factors can contribute.

Periodontal care includes treatments ranging from deep cleaning to antibacterial rinses.

Bleeding while you brush or floss is an indication that you may have gum disease. If you notice “pink in the sink”, call us today to schedule a consultation.

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Nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease.

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If gum disease is caught during its earliest stage (also known as “gingivitis”), it is completely reversible.

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Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, though genetics and other factors can contribute.

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Periodontal care includes treatments ranging from deep cleaning to antibacterial rinses.

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Bleeding while you brush or floss is an indication that you may have gum disease. If you notice “pink in the sink”, call us today to schedule a consultation.

What Is Gum Disease?

Causes & Symptoms

Gum disease is an infection of the gums that is caused by improper oral hygiene. Over time, plaque can build up between your teeth and gums, and harden into tartar. Both plaque and tartar are full of bacteria, which will then begin to attack your gums and the surrounding parts of your mouth, causing inflammation and damage to the gums.

Different Types of Gum Disease

Understanding the Stages

Gum disease is often divided into three “stages” of severity. Gingivitis is the most common and this stage of gum disease is completely reversible. However, if left untreated, the first stage of gum disease (gingivitis) can progress and lead to permanent, irreversible damage to your teeth. This stage is usually called “periodontitis.” The damage caused to your teeth and gums during this stage of gum disease can never be permanently eliminated, but it can be treated to control its severity and symptoms.

The final stage of gum disease is called “advanced periodontitis.” At this point, surgical intervention may be required to restore your teeth, and many patients who have this stage of gum disease often lose most or all of their teeth.

Causes & Symptoms

How to Recognize Gum Disease

Gingivitis, the earliest stage of the disease, usually results in relatively minor symptoms like inflammation of the gums, discolored gums, and bleeding when brushing. Some common symptoms of periodontitis (the second stage of gum disease), include shifting of the teeth, increased sensitivity to temperature and pressure, and halitosis (persistent bad breath).

Advanced periodontitis has even more severe symptoms. It often results in the loosening or total loss of multiple teeth, and symptoms like pockets of pus forming between the teeth and gums, or sores on the inside of your mouth. 

The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss properly, and see Dr. Kimball every six months for a professional cleaning. Proper oral hygiene can often completely eliminate the risk of gum disease. In addition, some lifestyle factors such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption, a diet high in sugar, and diabetes can increase your risk.

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Treatments for Gum Disease

The most common treatment for gum disease is deep cleaning (also known as “scaling & root planing”). During this procedure, Dr. Kimball will use special tools to clean between your teeth and gums, and smooth out tooth roots to eliminate bacteria. Antibiotics will usually be prescribed to help kill bacteria. 

At Stan Kimball, DDS, We offer Perio Protect as a non-invasive treatment option for gum disease. This treatment uses custom-fitted trays to deliver medicine deep below the gum line and remove bacteria that cannot be reached by brushing and flossing. These trays allow you to treat gum disease in the comfort of your own home with no invasive surgery.

There are also some surgical procedures, like gum flap surgery or gum grafting, which may be required for more severe cases of gum disease. These treatments are usually only required for very advanced cases of periodontitis.

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