Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a significant health concern that affects many individuals. It originates from bacteria present in plaque, which, if not adequately removed, leads to the inflammation and infection of the gums. Over time, this condition can cause the gums to recede from the teeth, potentially resulting in tooth loss, bone degradation and a noticeable decline in oral health.

Early signs of gum disease include swollen, tender or red gums, as well as bleeding during brushing or flossing. Patients might also experience loosening teeth, difficulty or discomfort when chewing, persistent bad breath, and a receding gum line that makes teeth appear elongated. Recognizing these symptoms early on is crucial for effective treatment and preventing further damage.

When you visit Calavera Hills Dental for your regular cleanings and exams, our dentist and team will check for signs of gum disease as part of your exam. If you are diagnosed with this condition, we will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. This treatment plan may include one or more of the following strategies:

  • Additional professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Enhanced at-home oral hygiene practices to ensure effective daily care.
  • Antibiotic treatments to combat infection-causing bacteria.
  • Scaling and root planing procedures, which involve deep cleaning below the gum line to remove plaque and smooth out the root surfaces.
  • Surgical interventions for advanced cases, aimed at restoring the health of the gums and supporting structures.

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive care to halt the progression of gum disease and to restore your oral health. We employ the latest techniques and adhere to the highest standards of dental care to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. For those seeking further information on gum disease treatment in Carlsbad, California, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Layton, we encourage you to contact our office at 760-842-5876.

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