Gum and bone disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease, affects over 60 million American adults to some degree every year. Shiley H. Bien, DMD, and the team at Greenhills Dental Care help men and women living in and around Fremont, California, craft a healthier oral hygiene regimen and provide them with comprehensive periodontal treatment to combat gum disease. To learn more about what you can do to prevent, manage, and eliminate the risks of gum and bone disease, call Greenhills Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.
Gum & Bone Disease Q & A
What is gum and bone disease?
Gum and bone disease refers to bacterial infections in the gum and tissue around your teeth. Generally speaking, gum and bone disease arises as a result of tartar and plaque buildup around the gumline. Dr. Bien can recommend a series of habits to help you maintain proper oral health, such as brushing and flossing techniques.
There are two types of gum and bone disease, gingivitis and periodontitis:
Gingivitis refers to an infection in your gums that causes swelling, puffing, and tenderness.
Periodontitis arises as a result of untreated gingivitis. With periodontitis, the bacterial infection in your gums reaches deeper areas within the tissue pockets, affecting the bone that supports your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss and more if left untreated.
What are common symptoms of gum and bone disease?
Common symptoms of gum and bone disease can include any of the following:
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Bleeding gums when flossing or brushing
- Gum swelling, redness, tenderness, or puffiness
- Pus between your gums and teeth
If you’re experiencing any of the above, regardless of the intensity, you should contact the team at Greenhills Dental Care to start your preventive and curative treatments.
What causes gum and bone disease?
You’re more at risk of contracting gum and bone disease if you’re a frequent smoker, a woman experiencing hormonal changes, or have been diagnosed with diabetes, AIDS, or cancer.
Additionally, you’re also at a higher risk if you have a family history of gum and bone disease or have been prescribed medication that reduces the flow of saliva.
How is gum and bone disease treated?
At Greenhills Dental Care, the team believes in a nonsurgical approach to treat gum and bone disease. Because the disease affects every person differently, Dr. Bien works with you to craft an individualized, noninvasive treatment plan that uniquely fits your lifestyle.
Dr. Bien might recommend multiple professional cleanings for the pockets around your teeth, and works with you to develop healthy oral hygiene habits to practice at home.
Gum and bone disease can be extremely painful if not treated immediately. Schedule a visit with Dr. Bien at Greenhills Dental Care to get the diagnosis and treatment you need to stay healthy. Call the office or book an appointment online today.