Gum disease is also called gingivitis or periodontitis, and many people are unaware that they have it until the symptoms are serious. As bacteria grows in the mouth and is not treated properly, it can eventually lead to destruction of the gum tissue. In its earliest form, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis, but as it worsens it may become periodontitis.  

 What Are the Symptoms?  

It is vital that you get treatment early if you fear you have gum disease. While there are many different causes that may be outside of your control, treatment is extremely important for anyone that has gum disease. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should schedule a visit with a periodontist like Dr. Ahn at Marin Periodontics Dental Group:  
 ·         Shifting or loose teeth
 ·         Bleeding in the gums after or during brushing
 ·         Tender, swollen or red gums
 ·         Persistent bad taste in your mouth or constant bad breath
 ·         Pockets forming between the gums and teeth
 ·         Receding gums
 ·         Changes in your bite  
Gum disease may only affect certain teeth and may be difficult to notice in some areas, which is why it is important to brush and floss regularly and to see a dental professional every six months.  

 How Is It Treated?  

Depending on how serious the disease is, treatments will vary for every patient. Your periodontist may opt for anything from controlling bacteria growth to laser gum disease treatment in Larkspur, CA. The goal is to reattach the gums to the teeth and reduce the risk of infection by clearing out bacteria. Laser gum surgery allows for the gums to be cleaned without removing the healthy tissue and without the need for incisions or sutures.  

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If you are concerned that you have gum disease and want it treated before irreparable damage is done, we encourage you to call our office today to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options.