Get help treating gum disease in San Francisco
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that starts in your gums and can spread to the underlying bone. If left untreated, the bacteria can destroy your gums, and you can lose your teeth. Dr. Arellano has over 34 years of experience in general dentistry and treating gum disease in San Francisco.
Warning signs of gum disease
You may notice red, swollen gums, or blood when you brush your teeth. Persistent bad breath, or a sour taste in your mouth, even after you brush your teeth, can also be signs of gum disease. If you notice receding gum lines or loose teeth, this can be signs of advanced gum disease.
Gingivitis vs. Periodontal disease
In the early stage of gum disease, plaque build-up leads to an increase of bacteria in your mouth that infect your gums. This is known as gingivitis. At this stage, your teeth are still secure in your gums, and the condition is easily treatable.
Without treatment, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. This means that your inner layer of gum will pull away from your teeth. As the gum pulls away, it forms pockets around your teeth that collect debris and grow new infections. The plaque will begin spreading below the gum line, and toxins produced by the infection can degrade your bone and the connecting tissues until your teeth fall out.
Treatment and prevention
The most effective treatment for gum disease is deep cleaning. Dr. Arellano can treat mild forms of gingivitis by scaling and cleaning your teeth and gums and removing debris build-up in your gums. Then, at-home hygiene can prevent plaque from building up and infecting your gums.
In more advanced stages, you need Laser Gum Treatment to control infections and prevent your condition from worsening. In some instances, you may need surgery on your gums to restore the connective tissue to prevent tooth loss.
Gum disease cannot be cured, but good habits and regular dental visits can control gum disease and prevent more costly interventions, such as gum surgery or replacing missing teeth. Don’t hesitate to get help treating gum disease in San Francisco. Contact us today at 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment.