Dr. Harry Albers and his team have extensive experience in preventing and treating periodontal disease in Santa Rosa.
When gums are healthy, they continue to fit snugly around the teeth. Many adults, however, develop some type of periodontal (gum) disease – an infection of the tissues that support their teeth.
Some researchers suggest there may be a link between gum disease and other health concerns such as cardiovascular problems, stroke, bacterial pneumonia and increased risk during pregnancy.
is usually caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If you don’t remove the plaque on your teeth with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, your gums become irritated and inflamed, signs of the early stages of periodontal disease in Santa Rosa. The irritated gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. Bacteria live the pockets, where they continue to promote irritation. Left untreated, the process can continue until the bone and other tooth-supporting tissue are destroyed. Sadly, most periodontal disease has no symptoms until the teeth are loose and about to be lost.
The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It often results in gums that are red and swollen and may bleed easily. The good news is that this early stage is usually reversible. Sometimes, all it takes are more regular professional cleanings and better home care.
Regular checkups are crucial to preventing and managing periodontal disease in Santa Rosa. During the examination, we will examine many things, including the color and firmness of your gums. A very small instrument called a periodontal probe is used to measure the space between the teeth and gums as it is gently placed in the pocket. This determines whether deep periodontal pockets are present. The normal space between teeth and healthy gums should be three millimeters or less. Generally, the more advanced the gum disease, the greater the pocket size. Over 3 millimeters or more usually indicates gum disease.
You can help prevent gum disease by brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner once a day. Choose products that display the ADA Seal of Acceptance, your assurance that they meet the ADA's criteria for safety and effectiveness. We may provide additional instructions on cleaning methods or products you can use at home. Avoiding tobacco use and eating a balanced diet are also important in staving off periodontal disease in Santa Rosa.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, you may not remove all the plaque, especially under the gum line. Plaque can harden into a rough, porous deposit called calculus or tartar. Once hardened, it can be removed only in the dental office during your regular cleaning.
You may not even be aware that you have gum disease because often there is no pain. There are warning signs, however, and you should call your dentist if you experience any of the following:
- gums that bleed during brushing
- red, swollen or tender gums
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- persistent bad breath
- pus between the teeth and gums
- loose or separating teeth
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- teeth moving forward or outwardly
- a change in the fit of partial dentures.
To discuss treating your periodontal disease in Santa Rosa, please phone us on (707) 575-1190 to make an appointment today.