August 1, 2018

Gum disease affects millions of men and women in America and is one of the most common reasons that adults lose teeth prematurely. Because it is typically painless, many don’t realize they have it until it’s too late to stop it. As the infection spreads to the tissues around the teeth and a sticky bacteria film grows on the teeth, the dangers of poor oral health set in.

Warning Signs of Gum Disease

You may also hear this condition referred to as gingivitis or periodontitis. It can be identified with the following symptoms:

  • Red, tender, swollen gums
  • Gums that pulled away from your teeth
  • Persistent bad taste or bad breath
  • Teeth that are separating or loose
  • Changes in your bite
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures
  • Gums that bleed

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to see a dentist. Dr. Chertok can determine if preventative measures can be taken or if treatment is necessary.

Risk Factors

Some people are more susceptible to gum disease. Common risk factors include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Genetics
  • Diabetes
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Chewing tobacco or smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Crooked teeth

While some of these risk factors can be controlled, others are out of your hands. That’s why it’s so important to have regular check-ups and screenings for gum disease.

Treatment for Gum Disease

Fortunately, there is usually treatment available. Periodontal disease can be treated with medications that control the pain and infection and allow the gums to heal. Root planing and scaling are also an option to control gum disease. At our office, we also offer a pinhole surgical technique that is minimally invasive and treats gum recession without incisions, sutures and scalpels.

At our office in Berkeley, CA, our goal is to help you have a healthy mouth and a big part of that is preventing and treating periodontal disease. Schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Keith Chertok, today to have your teeth and gums checked by a professional.



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