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Gum Disease Treatment – San Ramon, CA

Tackling Gum Disease Before It’s Too Late

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems, estimated to impact one out of every two adults in America. Our goal at Oak Ridge Dental is to spot and treat the early signs of this condition before it has a chance to wreak havoc on your oral health and cause permanent damage to your smile. We use the latest technology and techniques in the field to help combat the symptoms and prevent additional oral health problems from arising down the road for effective gum disease treatment in San Ramon, CA.

Why Choose Oak Ridge Dental for Gum Disease Treatment?

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Periodontal Disease

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Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

Gum disease can raise the risk of dementia in older patients, and new research has even suggested that it may play a direct role in causing the onset of Alzheimer’s. The pathogens responsible for gum disease have been found in the brain tissue of patients with Alzheimer’s!

Diabetes

The relationships between diabetes and gum disease actually goes both ways. People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease because of their increased susceptibility to contracting infections, and gum disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar.

Chronic Respiratory Disease

Research has shown that gum disease can worsen respiratory diseases and may even play a causal role in contracting bronchitis, emphysema, and pneumonia. This is because oral bacteria can easily be drawn into the lower respiratory tract.

Stroke

Recent studies have found that adults with gum disease are twice as likely as people with healthy gums to suffer a stroke. Common gum tissue bacteria has been identified in arteries and may even contribute to blockages.

Cardiovascular Diseases

The dangerous bacteria that live in your mouth when you have gum disease are capable of crossing into the bloodstream and even entering the heart, triggering inflammation that may lead to cardiovascular disease.

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What is Gum Disease?

Healthy smile after gum disease treatment

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when your mouth becomes overrun with harmful oral bacteria that cause your oral tissues to become infected. In its earliest stages, it can cause chronic bad breath and bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth. In its more advanced form, it can result in gum recession, loose permanent teeth, and even tooth loss. At each of your checkups and cleanings, we’ll keep an eye out for this issue. Depending on the stage that we catch it in, we may suggest one or both of our treatment options.

Scaling & Root Planing

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Scaling and root planing is a two-step process that we use to help minimize the presence of harmful oral bacteria and allow your gums to heal. First, we’ll remove all plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, as far down as the pockets of your gums. Once that’s complete, we’ll smooth out the roots of your teeth to allow your gums to healthily reattach, providing them with protection. Sometimes, we may suggest antibiotic therapy following this treatment.

Antibiotic Therapy

Patient holding an antibiotic therapy pill

Antibiotic therapy is a form of gum disease treatment that helps drastically reduce or eliminate the progression of oral bacterial infections. We typically administer the medication in the form of a pill or mouthwash that will target your mouth and help control plaque and tartar accumulation. It’s important that you complete the full course of medication exactly as we instruct you to so you can reduce the risk of building bacterial resistance.

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