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Gum disease — also referred to as pyorrhea and periodontal disease — is an infection of the gums that hurts teeth when left untreated. Recognizing how this disorder impacts much of the population can help motivate and prep you to fight its harmful effects.

Although we habitually group periodontal sicknesses under the umbrella term “periodontal disease,” those words can apply to different levels of sicknesses. These conditions include gingivitis, periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis.

The less severe form of periodontal disease, defined as gingivitis, causes gums to swell and bleed. Fortunately, gingivitis is curable with treatment from a dentist. Gingivitis may grow to periodontitis if tartar is not removed from the gums over time. In periodontitis, tartar spreads under the gums, and bacterial acids in the tartar hurt and inflame the gums to make acid-filled pockets which break down bone and loosen teeth.

Treatment options for gum disease may vary with the seriousness of the infection, but control and reversal (where possible) are the goals of any treatment. Services may include deep cleaning, scaling and root planing, laser service, medications, bone/tissue grafts, tissue regeneration, tissue stimulation and flap surgery.

Our mission is to keep your chompers clean and to reverse damage from tooth-decaying bacteria. Please call our office today at 760-842-5876 to pencil in an appointment with Dr. Christopher Layton and the Calavera Hills Dental staff in Oceanside, California.