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Failing to brush your teeth twice each day or forgetting to floss can leave a significant amount of bacterial matter in your mouth. This can eventually harden into tartar near the gumline, which increases your chances of suffering from periodontal disease.

Without professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Thi Hoang and Dr. Thanh Pham gingivitis can potentially worsen into the more severe form of periodontal disease, which is known as periodontitis. This level of periodontal infection can cause your gums to gradually recede from your teeth.

As it continues to advance periodontitis can cause small pockets of infection to develop deep in your gums. As bacterial matter continues to accumulate near the roots of your teeth it can lead to bone loss and the eventual loss of multiple teeth.

It’s also worth considering that recent research has found a relationship between the systemic inflammation associated with chronic periodontal disease and certain medical conditions. This can lead to complications related to heart disease, diabetes and increased stroke risk.

Treatment of gum disease can vary based on severity. This might include root planing treatments, antibiotics, or periodontal surgery to remove infected material and adapt a healthy gumline.

If you live in the Livermore, California, area and you have periodontal disease concerns, you should call 925.449.7900 to set up and appointment at Las Positas Family Dental.