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What is Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)?
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can affect the bone that supports your teeth. It is caused by plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth.

If plaque is not removed through proper daily brushing and flossing, it can build up, infecting not only your gums and teeth but eventually the bone that supports the teeth. This can cause your teeth to loosen, fall out, or need to be removed by a dentist.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, disease-causing bacteria are likely forming colonies in your mouth, causing localized inflammation and damage to your gum tissue. These bacteria can enter the bloodstream through small ulcers in your gum tissue, which can lead to further health risks and even systemic diseases.

What are the Three Stages of Gum Disease?
Stage One: Gingivitis
The gums are inflamed from a buildup of plaque on the gum line. If not removed with daily brushing and flossing, plaque produces toxins (poisons) that can irritate the gums, causing gingivitis.

At this early stage, damage can be reversed, since the bone and the tissues that hold the teeth in place have not yet been affected. Signs of this early stage include some bleeding during brushing and flossing.

Stage Two: Periodontitis
The supporting bone and the fibers that hold your teeth in place are now irreversibly damaged. Gums may begin to form pockets below the gum line, trapping food and plaque. Proper dental treatment and improved home care can often help prevent further damage.

Stage Three: Advanced Periodontitis
In the final stage of gum disease, the bone and fibers supporting your teeth are destroyed, causing your teeth to shift or loosen. This may affect your bite and, if aggressive treatment can’t save them, teeth may need to be removed.

Signs That You May Have Gum Disease
The early stages of gum disease are not always easy to self detect. That’s why regular periodontal examinations with your hygienist and dentist are so important. Symptoms often remain unnoticed until the disease is advanced. They can include:
-Persistent bad breath
-Red or swollen gums
-Tender or bleeding gums
-Painful chewing
-Loose teeth
-Sensitive teeth

If you are concerned that you may have gum disease, contact Drew Dental today, (831) 688-6060 to book an appointment.

Drew Dental has been offering personalized dental care in a relaxed and friendly environment. In addition to general dentistry, we offer services in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and family dentistry.

We always welcome new patients. At your first appointment, we will work with you to create an oral care plan that will conveniently suit your lifestyle and busy schedule.

Preventative care and patient education are a part of our ongoing efforts to help each of our patients maintain long-term dental health. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimum oral health as well as exceptional preventative care.