Dangers of Gum Disease in Marin County, California


Dangers of Gum Disease Marin County, CAGum disease isn’t just bad for your oral health. Recent studies show it links to other issues including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Failure to care for your teeth and gums can lead to serious and painful dental treatments to prevent infection. If you are seeking gum disease treatment in Marin County, contact Seda Perio. We specialize gum disease treatment and can help patients with all stages of gum disease.

What Exactly is Gum Disease?

Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, but it can lead to serious issues like gum disease if you don't brush your teeth. Bacteria creates plaque, a colorless, sticky substance on your teeth. If you don't remove the plaque, it can cause decay and gum disease. A periodontist can remove hardened plaque before your gum disease can get worse, but prevention is always better. Call a San Rafael periodontist to schedule an appointment to remove plaque.

What is Gingivitis?

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Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and is very common. The gums become red and swollen and they will easily bleed, especially when you are flossing. Failure to care for gingivitis will only allow it to get worse, leading to painful swelling of the gums. As gum disease advances, it does cause the need for more invasive dental procedures. If you do notice bleeding when you are flossing, contact our office. Some patients can reverse gum disease in the early stages with the correct mouthwash and a dental cleaning.

What is Periodontitis?

Once gingivitis advances, it becomes periodontitis. Periodontitis causes inflammation around the tooth, and the gums pull away from the teeth. When this occurs, the spaces between the teeth and gums become infected. These “pockets” need to be cleaned or the bacteria will continue spreading and can lead to tooth loss.

Am I at Risk for Gum Disease?

How do you know if you are at risk for gum disease? There are several risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing gum disease. They include:

  • Smoking. This is one of the largest risk factors for several oral health conditions. Smoking has serious repercussions on your oral health. It will not only lead to gum disease; it also causes gum recession and tooth staining.
  • Hormonal changes. Another common reason for gum disease to occur is when the body goes through hormonal changes. Teenagers often see a shift in their oral health along with pregnant and nursing women and older individuals. The hormonal changes will make the gums more sensitive and prone to bleeding.
  • Diabetes. If you have diabetes, it will impact your oral health. People with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease and infections.
  • Medications. If you have recently started a new medication, it could have a side effect on your gums. There are many medications that make the mouth vulnerable to gum disease. It decreases the amount of saliva and can cause abnormal overgrowth of gum tissue.

If you find that you are dealing with gum disease, contact Dr. Seda, your Marin county periodontist. There is a good chance you may have a family history of health conditions that cause oral health problems. Identifying the root cause of gum disease will go a long way in helping to treat it and to prevent it.

How We Can Help

At Seda Perio, we provide several treatment options for gum disease. Our extensive experience and treatment methods can treat gum disease, at any stage. We have been able to prevent thousands of patients from losing their teeth to gum disease. Our goal: restoration and prevention for patients dealing with gum disease. We do not want you, our patients to undergo painful and invasive dental procedures. We are committed to improving your health by helping you to create a patient treatment program you will be able to follow.

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Do I have gum disease?

Are you aware of what gum disease does to your body? Most people are familiar with the redness and bleeding gums. But, you may not be aware of other signs and symptoms that indicate gum disease including:

  • Constant bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums

If you have any of the symptoms listed above besides bleeding gums, contact us today. Gum disease treatment in San Francisco is the best choice to prevent more damage from occurring, and helping you to save your teeth!

What happens if you don't treat gum disease?

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We get asked this question a lot. Many patients try to avoid painful and expensive treatments for serious gum disease issues. The problem is, if you fail to treat gum disease, the infection will only get worse. Some people have even died from gum disease infection that spread to their brain. Since the infection is a high risk, we recommend early treatment to limit the side-effects that can occur from gum disease.

Failure to treat gum disease early can lead to invasive treatments that require tooth extractions. And, you will need replacements with dental implants or dentures. Even then, the gums can still deal with infection if you do not care for them correctly. Bone loss will occur, which can cause the face to have a sunken in appearance.

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

After an initial examination and conversation about your health, our experts will determine the best treatment for your gum disease problems. Some patients may need only a simple cleaning and plaque removal from the teeth. Advanced stages of gum disease may need invasive surgery known as a gingivectomy, or flap surgery. Flap surgery happens when the gum tissue is so infected that it needs to be cut out from the gums. But, laser gum disease treatments in Marin county can work for several patients dealing with advanced gum disease.

Some common practices we recommend is to brush at least two minutes each morning and evening and floss at least once per day. The more you can care for your teeth and gums, the easier it will be to share your smile with others. Call our office today to schedule your periodontal appointment.

Drs. Seda, a periodontist located in Marin County, CA, services patients from Marin County, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Larkspur, Ross, San Anselmo, and San Francisco. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!

Watch the anchors of the View talk about the importance of going to the dentist regularly. Whoopie Goldberg talks about her experience with gum disease, and what she wishes she had known before struggling with gum disease.


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