Who doesn’t love kisses, especially at the holidays when we’re connecting with loved ones, young and old, new and familiar!
But don’t keep people at arm’s length because your kisses come with halitosis, or bad breath. Bad breath can be temporary, after eating an odor-causing food. But halitosis can indicate a periodontal disease (gum disease) like gingivitis or periodontitis. You’ve probably heard of both of these gum diseases, but what are the symptoms of periodontal disease? Can it be cured, and will it cure halitosis? Fortunately, we have advanced and gentle techniques to treat gum disease in Modesto at Vintage Dental.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums that can worsen and turn into periodontitis, where the inflammation has spread to the tissues and bones that support your teeth. The cause of most periodontal disease is bacterial plaque on your teeth. Ignoring any of the symptoms of gum disease can result in the loss of your teeth. Plus, gum disease can be a significant problem for diabetic patients. A vicious cycle exists where diabetic patients are more susceptible to any infection, including dental disease. And the bacteria and inflammation of gum disease can elevate blood glucose levels, making it harder for diabetic patients to control their blood sugars. If you are diabetic, please let Dr. Rodig know so he can recommend what therapy is best for you if he discovers tartar above or below the gum line.
If you have sore gums, or bleeding gums, don’t hesitate to call us at Vintage Dentistry. We have many gentle, comfortable methods for treating gum disease, so there’s no reason to be afraid to call the dentist!
Look on our website under the Technology section. You’ll see that from our examination methods to treatments such as the Cavitron or the gentle, yet powerful soft tissue laser, we have a selection of treatments for gum disease that Dr. Rick Rodig can use that will help you avoid more invasive treatment, such as gum surgery.
If you’re in the Modesto, Riverbank, Oaksdale, or other nearby communities, and think you may have symptoms of periodontal disease, call our Modesto Dental Office at 209.524.5044. The treatments for gum disease can be very simple, especially in the early stages.