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Gum Disease

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Gum Disease

Shield Periodontal Therapy

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common health problems in the world, as well as the number one cause of tooth loss among adults. It occurs when bacteria are allowed to remain on the teeth for extended periods of time and progress to the gum line, eventually causing severe infections. At Shield Dental Care, our team can provide the comprehensive periodontal therapy you need to maintain strong oral health.

Common symptoms of gum disease include the following:

  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Redness in the gums
  • Bleeding that occurs when brushing or flossing
  • A change in the way certain teeth or your overall bite feels
  • Teeth that gradually appear longer over time (receding gums)

Additionally, patients with any of the following may be at a greater level of risk for developing periodontal disease:

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Smoker and/or use tobacco heavily
  • > 65 years oldĀ 
  • Suffer from a systemic disease, such as diabetes

Our team will always screen for periodontal disease during your regular check-ups; our goal is to catch and treat it at the earliest stage possible for your safety. More focused hygiene and homecare may be effective enough in reversing the condition in early stages, while involved therapy like scaling and root planing (a cleaning that involves removing bacteria from under the gum line and the root surfaces) is typically recommended later on. If surgical intervention is necessary, Dr. Ghorbani will recommend you to a trusted specialist in the area.