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Gum Disease

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Find Relief From Gum Pain!

Suffering from swollen, sensitive, painful or bleeding gums? You may have gum disease. If improving your oral hygiene is not correcting the problem or you are currently in severe pain, schedule an appointment here at South Bay Center for Aesthetic Dentistry in Rancho Palos Verdes immediately. We can provide a thorough exam to assess your teeth and gums and determine the cause of your problem. If you have gingivitis, the treatment may be as simple as brushing and flossing more often and using an antibacterial mouthwash. If you have more severe gum disease, surgical treatments may be required to reattach gums to teeth. Either way, you can trust Dr. Mileham to provide an accurate diagnosis and help you formulate the correct treatment plan to end gum pain caused by gum disease.

Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease is most often caused by the activities of bacteria inside your mouth. Bacteria cling to your teeth in a thin film called plaque and if you don’t remove the plaque by brushing and flossing, the acids created by the bacteria can cause irritation and gum pain as part of the gum disease gingivitis. If you do not visit a dentist in Rancho Palos Verdes for treatment and/or improve your oral care regimen, your gingivitis can worsen and becomes periodontitis. Periodontitis gum disease can cause your gums to recede from your teeth, creating deep pockets that will trap food particles, encourage plaque to spread below the gum line and cause severe infections.

Gum Disease Symptoms

Learning to recognize the symptoms of gum disease early on can help you get the treatment you need right away, before a minor case of gingivitis evolves into a serious form of gum disease called periodontal disease.

Be on the lookout for symptoms like:

  • Red and/or swollen gums
  • Inflamed and tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Excessive bleeding after brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath

One or more of these symptoms may lead you to develop deep gum pockets, loose teeth, have changes in your bite and in extreme cases lose your teeth altogether due to damage of the surrounding tissue. If you’re ever unsure about the health of your gums, just contact Dr. Mileham for an appointment, so you can get a professional opinion regarding the condition of your gums, as well as treatment for gum pain and gum disease.

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Get Expert Treatment

While minor gum pain may not seem like a big deal, the fact of the matter is that any sort of gum pain needs to be addressed quickly and effectively. After all, gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. If gum disease infections spread below the gum line and onto the roots of your tooth, you may end up with a high level of tissue and bone loss. Your teeth won’t be securely anchored in your jaw, and they could even become infected. Rather than waiting until you need a root canal, tooth extraction or other major procedure, contact us for a much less invasive treatment. We can help you rid yourself of gum disease and keep your beautiful, healthy teeth for years and years.