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Do you have gum disease? If you answered “no” you might want to think again. Gum disease in many cases is painless.In fact you may not even know that you have it. But if it is left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and even the loss of bone in your jaw. For that reason, gum disease needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

While it is usually painless, there are warning signs that you may be suffering from gum disease. If your gums are swollen, bleed easily, are pulling away from your tooth; if your teeth are loose or shifting; or you have bad breath, it is time to contact your dentist.

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque on your teeth and below your gumline. However there are other factors that can contribute to the problem. If you use tobacco, or don’t brush and floss properly, you are at a higher risk of gum disease. Some medications can increase your chances of gum disease, and if you are pregnant or have diabetes, you may be at a greater risk as well.

There are a number of ways to treat gum disease, depending on the severity of the condition. One of the easiest ways to address the problem is through dental scaling and root planing. In dental scaling the dentist uses an instrument to remove the scape the plaque, tartar and biofilm from your teeth. Those substances will cause gum disease if left on the surface of your tooth. In root planing, the dentist will go below the gumline to remove remove the plaque and other substances to relieve the swelling and prevent gum disease.

Again, you may not always know you have gum disease. Your dentist however is trained to look for the signs of gum disease that may be present before other symptoms appear. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, or it is time for a cleaning and examination, you should contact Land Park Dental in Sacramento, California, to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Narinder Mahal. You can reach us at 916-421-2200.