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Gum disease prevention tips for patients near San Francisco, CA

Gum disease is a serious, but common, issue. Dr. Leo Arellano of Leo Arellano DDS PC, CA, works hard to educate his patients about good oral hygiene in order to avoid the effects of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Once it develops, gum disease can cause serious problems for a patient's mouth by, causing damage to the teeth, bone, and gums.

Gum disease begins as gingivitis. Because so many patients have heard of gingivitis they think it's harmless when their gums bleed during teeth brushing or flossing, or they don't notice that their gums are red and inflamed. However, those who notice these symptoms, should make an appointment with Dr. Arellano as quickly as possible. At this point, gum disease is fairly easy to treat and reverse. Following a proper diagnosis, patients will likely undergo a professional, deep cleaning to eliminate the bacterial, plaque, and tartar from above and below the gum line. This treatment ensures that the gum disease does not progress any further.

Left untreated gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease which causes even greater damage to the gum and the bone surrounding the teeth. The gums will begin to pull away from the teeth and the bone can become damaged. This can lead to the tooth becoming loose, or even falling out. If the disease progresses treatment can become more complex. This could include deep cleaning, antibiotics, or even surgery. Dr. Arellano will perform an examination and recommend the necessary treatments to bring the mouth back to good health.

Of course, the best way to deal with gum disease is to never develop it at all. Gum disease can be prevented by ensuring proper and thorough brushing and flossing. In addition, patients should keep up with regular dental visits to ensure that their at-home care practices are effective, and so potential issues can be spotted and treated before they develop into larger problems.

Those experiencing any of the signs of gum disease should call the office of Leo Arellano DDS PC today to schedule an appointment. Proper diagnosis, followed by treatment is the best way to prevent gum disease progression and irreversible damage.

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