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Dee Nishimine, D.D.S., Inc.
Sophia Y. Tseng, D.M.D.
Periodontics & Dental Implants
Call: (559)229-6557

Periodontal Disease (PD)

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease 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, tender, 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.  All of your family members and friends should be evaluated for Periodontal Disease (PD).  Drs. Dennis Nishimine, Dee Nishimine & Sophia Tseng and team will be happy to provide this for you.  Give this important information to your friends and family members. Even youngsters should have a periodontal examination and the most important thing that can be provided is the OHI of Brushing and Flossing.  We want to create good Oral Hygiene habits at an early age to prevent the problems.

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 also increases the risk of Periodontal Disease (PD) .

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

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 – Halitosis may be 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 – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

If you have any of hte above signs or symptoms a complete Periodontal Implant Examination should be provided for you.

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