Gum disease is a condition that affects millions of people annually. Early gum disease can be difficult to diagnose on your own as there are few symptoms. As the infection spreads, it can seriously affect your general and oral health. Dr. Mircea Mitu at Family Dental Center of Manteca can diagnose gum disease early during a routine dental exam for Stockton, California residents. Through periodontal cleaning (scaling and root planing), we can help manage gum disease symptoms to restore your oral health.
Gum disease is an infection of your gum tissues caused by plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. In the early stage of gingivitis, your gums may swell, turn red, and bleed slightly when you floss or brush your teeth. However, your symptoms may be so mild that you hardly notice them.
As the disease progresses, your symptoms will become more severe. Advanced gum disease, aka periodontitis, can cause:
Most of these issues can be prevented through early gum disease treatment.
Treating gum disease early is vital to curtailing painful symptoms and restoring oral health. Early treatment may range from routine dental cleanings to scaling and root planing (periodontal cleaning) to using antibiotics to keep the infection in check.
Early intervention can help:
Working closely with a gum disease dentist like Dr. Mircea Mitu is crucial in combating gum disease. To schedule a consultation for gum disease diagnosis and treatment, contact the Family Dental Center of Manteca at (209) 420-1205.