San Francisco Dentist Explains How Periodontal Disease Develops

Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adult dental patients. This disease develops over time, and often gum disease, in its earliest stages, actually develop asymptomatically.

Our San Francisco dental team is here to help you understand how periodontal disease occurs in the first place. We hope this information will help you make health-boosting decisions for your smile!

Gum disease develops when oral bacteria are able to infiltrate your gum tissue. Oral bacteria weaken the strength of your dental enamel and your gum tissue. Once these bacteria are able to infect your oral tissues, you may notice some of these common symptoms:

· Bleeding gum tissue

· Swollen gums

· Persistent bad breath

· Receding gums

It is also possible, however, that gum disease will progress without causing noticeable symptoms. Although gum disease, at this stage, isn’t obvious, it is still harming your smile under the surface. Gum disease loosens the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place, so this infection can actually result in tooth loss.

In order to make sure that you are protecting your smile from the dangers of gum disease it is very important that you keep up with your semi-annual schedule of professional dental cleanings. During these appointments our dental team is able to minimize the plaque and tartar that lead to gum disease. We can also spot emerging gum disease in order to provide prompt treatment before it gets out of hand.

If you want more information about gum disease, or if it has just been awhile since you’ve been in to see a dentist, please call our San Francisco dentist office to schedule a consultation. Working together we can get your smile back on track, and help you avoid the inconvenient and painful effects of harmful periodontal disease.