Dee Nishimine, D.D.S., Inc.
Sophia Y. Tseng, D.M.D.
Periodontics & Dental Implants
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Periodontal Disease (PD)

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal Disease (PD) attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Bacterial Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If Bacterial Plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When Bacterial Plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal Disease (PD) is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have Periodontal Disease (PD) and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.  A periodontal implant examination should be provided by Drs. Dennis Nishimine, Dee Nishimine & Sophia Tseng.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between Periodontal Disease (PD) and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with Periodontal Disease (PD) affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking greatly increases the risk of Periodontal Disease (PD).

Good oral hygiene (OHI), a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing Periodontal Disease (PD).  Periodontal probings should be provided at least two times per year.  Prevention, early detection, and treatment are the key to success. 

Signs and symptoms of Periodontal Disease (PD):

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Bacterial plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

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