Take Control of Your Oral Health by Treating Gum Diseases
Since gum diseases are the number one cause of tooth loss in America, treatment is pivotal in maintaining optimal periodontal health. Unfortunately, since gum disease is painless, most patients do not take early measures before it morphs into other health complications. Luckily, at Claire Cho DDSin Aliso Viejo, California, Dr. Claire Cho diagnoses gum disease during routine visits and recommends treatment options to restore your oral health.
What is gum disease?
Just like any other part of your body, your gums can be infected. Gum disease occurs when bacteria in the plaque cause inflammation and bleeding in your gums when brushing. Plaque is a sticky thin film that appears when you fail to brush your teeth. Plaque attracts bacteria that release acidic substances, eroding your teeth.
After several hours, plaque hardens into tartar along the gum line. Tartar makes it challenging to observe oral care, which leads to inflammation of your gums.
Symptoms of gum disease
Gum disease progresses without obvious symptoms. However, at certain stages of the disease, you may spot the below signs:
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Receding gums
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Teeth sensitivity
Even when you don’t exhibit symptoms, it doesn’t mean that you are free from gum disease. It’s only a professional dentist that can rule out the presence of gum diseases.
What are the causes of gum diseases?
Plaque is the common culprit of gum diseases. However, other factors triggering the occurrence of gum disease include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause
- Certain medications that restrict the normal flow of saliva or lead to abnormal growth of gum tissue
- Bad habits like smoking
- Family history of gum disease
- Illnesses that put you at a higher risk of infections
Taking control of gum disease early enough is critical before it progresses to periodontitis, which is a more severe condition.
Treatment for Gum Disease
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may be jittery about treatment. However, you have nothing to worry about. Today, gum disease treatment is less painful and minimally invasive.
At Claire Cho DDS, we use laser treatment to manage gum diseases. Our dentist uses lasers to treat infected tissues, eliminating bacteria. Unlike traditional treatments, laser therapy is painless, results in minimal blood, and doesn’t require root planing, scaling, and sutures.
Benefits of laser therapy
Laser therapy is our preferred treatment for gum disease because it has numerous benefits.
- Requires minimal post-treatment care
Would you like to learn more about laser therapy for gum disease treatment? Please dial (949) 541-2529 to book an appointment with Claire Cho DDS of Aliso Viejo, California. We are proud to serve you and your loved ones. We focus on oral health with our latest technology in a warm, inviting atmosphere.Back to Gum Disease Page