Periodontics Specialist

Morning Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Santa Ana, CA & Huntington Beach, CA

Nearly half of all adults over the age of 30 in the United States suffer from periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Without the right treatment, it can lead to serious dental problems, including tooth loss. At Morning Dental in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, California, the expert dental team prevents, manages, and treats periodontal disease to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. For more information, call Morning Dental or book an appointment online today.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Commonly called gum disease, periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition of the gums that can result in tooth loss. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque — a sticky film of bacteria — on the teeth and gums. Over time, this plaque releases acids that erode your gums and the bone supporting your teeth.

There are two main types of gum disease treated at the Morning Dental offices, including:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, often causes your gums to look red and swollen. They may bleed when you brush or floss. Fortunately, gingivitis is reversible with proper oral hygiene habits and routine professional dental care. 

Periodontitis

While not all gingivitis cases progress to periodontitis, they can when the condition isn’t treated. Periodontitis occurs when small pockets form between your teeth and gums, allowing harmful plaque and bacteria to pass through. As these pockets grow, bacteria are trapped inside. This can weaken and destroy the bone that supports your teeth. As a consequence, your gums pull back, or recede, and your teeth start to feel weak and loose.

What causes periodontal disease?

The following factors increase your risk of gum disease:

Poor oral hygiene

Regular brushing, flossing, and bi-annual dental cleanings prevent plaque buildup from festering on your teeth and gums.

Tobacco use

Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco stop your gums from healing naturally, allowing plaque to destroy your gums, teeth, and supporting bone.

Crooked teeth

Crooked teeth have grooves that are harder to clean than straight teeth, leaving room for bacteria to grow.

Medications

Certain medications, such as anti-seizure, blood pressure, and immunosuppressant drugs, can put you at an increased risk of gum disease.

Hormonal changes

The blood vessels in your gums are naturally more susceptible to gum disease during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.

Nutrition

A diet high in sugar, alcohol, and simple carbohydrates lowers your body’s defense mechanism against infections. 

What are my periodontal disease treatment options?

The Morning Dental team offers plenty of gum disease treatments to keep your mouth healthy, such as:

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing are procedures used to deeply clean your teeth, specifically targeting plaque and bacteria below the gum line. During these procedures, your dentist uses special tools to clean out pockets of bacteria that have formed. Your dentist then smooths out your tooth roots so your gums can reattach to your teeth.

Peridex™ Oral Rinse

Peridex is an easy-to-use oral rinse that fights periodontal disease in between your routine dental visits. This chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse kills harmful bacteria before it has a chance to stick to your teeth and gums.

Dental prophylaxis

During a prophylaxis appointment, your dentist measures the depth of your gum tissue and checks your teeth for signs of decay. The team then performs a thorough cleaning to remove plaque from your teeth and beneath the gum line. This is a preventive measure if your dentist determines that you’re at risk of gum disease.

Gum disease is preventable with early intervention. Call Morning Dental or book an appointment online to learn more.