We Treat Gum Disease In Covina
Do your gums feel tender and swollen? Do they bleed when you brush? If so, you may be seeing signs of gum disease. Millions of people have periodontal disease (gum disease), a serious health problem that is the number one cause of tooth loss for adults in the U.S.
Fortunately, with prompt treatment and monitoring at our Covina dental office, we can easily control gum disease and protect your oral health.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Periodontal gum disease is an infection that affects the gum tissue holding your teeth in place. It occurs when food debris lingers on your teeth, leading to a build-up of plaque. Plaque creates the perfect environment for millions of bacteria that stick to your teeth, causing tooth decay and gum disease.
If this build-up is not removed by brushing, flossing, and regular professional dental cleanings, a hard substance known as tartar will eventually develop.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Many people are unaware that they are experiencing signs of gum disease. Some of the more common symptoms are:
- Swollen, irritated gums
- Bleeding when you brush
- Loose teeth and receding gums
Effective Gum Disease Treatment
The treatment we choose will depend on the extent of gum disease present. If we can catch gum disease in its earliest stages, a professional cleaning with our hygienist may be all that is needed to remove bacteria and halt progress of the disease.
For more severe cases of gum disease, a deep cleaning will be needed to completely remove the bacteria and infected tissue. During a deep cleaning, our hygienist will use ultrasonic and hand instruments to clear away tartar, plaque, and bacteria around the gum line. To ensure your complete comfort, our hygienist will use Oraquix, a locally delivered anesthetic.
If your periodontal disease has progressed to an advanced stage, gum surgery may be needed. Dr. Huang works with specialists with extra training and experience in this area, and he will be happy to refer you for treatment.
The Importance of Eliminating Gum Disease
Gum disease is not just a problem that affects your oral health. Recent studies have revealed a connection between chronic diseases of the mouth and your overall health. This research suggests that periodontal disease can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, miscarriage, and diabetes, among other conditions.
You can easily eliminate the risk of these complications by following a simple routine of preventive treatments that include regular exams and professional dental cleanings with our gentle and skilled dental hygienist. This allows us to monitor your situation so that we can catch gum disease in its earliest stages and treat it before it causes serious problems that are more complicated and costly to resolve.
Please Contact Our Covina Office
We are committed to helping you achieve excellent oral health in a caring and supportive environment. Dr. Huang and our team will be happy to evaluate your overall oral health and make recommendations for effective treatment.
Please contact our Covina dental office, or call (626) 332-1014 and we will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment for a routine check-up and cleaning.