Have you noticed that your gums are swollen, tender, or redder than usual? Do your gums bleed easily, such as when you floss or brush? If so, you may have periodontal disease. Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is a degenerative condition caused by bacteria in plaque. When plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) build up on the teeth, the bacteria irritate and inflame the gum tissues. This may turn into a serious infection that can eventually lead to bone loss and tooth loss. In addition, untreated gum disease has been linked to a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), pregnancy complications, stroke, and diabetes.
At Dr. Nicholas D. Esplin’s office, we are dedicated to doing all we can to help you avoid these and other consequences of gum disease. We offer non-surgical gum treatment to treat minor to moderate cases of periodontal disease. Based on your personal dental needs, our dentist may recommend additional dental cleanings, antibiotic treatment, or deep cleanings known as scaling and root planing. More advanced cases may be recommended to a periodontist, or a dentist who specializes in gum treatment. For more information about how we can treat gum disease in Vacaville, California, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.