•                                                                                                                    1035 W. Robinhood Dr. Suite 200  /  Stockton, CA 95207  /  (209) 952-3687


    1035 W. Robinhood Dr., Suite 200

    Stockton, CA 95207

    (209) 952-3687 – TEL

    (209) 952-6267 – FAX

    —Business Hours—

    Monday – Friday: 8:00am to 5:30pm

    Weekends: by special appointment only





Gotta Smile Dentistry has everything you need for general dentistry.

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Periodontal Disease

To best prevent or minimize the risk of periodontal disease, it is important to follow good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits. These diseases can attack the gums and bones that support the teeth. They are caused by plaque, which is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If not removed, plaque becomes calculus (tartar). These begin to harm the gums and bone.

In addition to being the number one reason for tooth loss, there may also be a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, and other health problems. Researchers are determining that inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease has an effect on systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking can also increase the risk of periodontal disease.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Increased spacing between teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus around teeth and gums
  • Receding gums
  • Red and puffy gums
  • Tenderness of discomfort

Periodontal disease is composed of three stages – gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. The treatment methods depend on the stage of the disease as well as severity. The disease progresses as pockets of space between the tooth and gums becomes filled with bacteria, plaque, and tarter, this causes increased irritation to surrounding tissues.

If the disease is in the gingivitis stage, only one or two regular cleanings will be recommended to resolve it. In advanced stages, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) may be recommended. This procedure removes tartar, plaque, and toxins above the below the gum line. This allows the gum tissues to heal and decrease the sizes of the pockets.

Once periodontal disease treatment is completed, additional maintenance cleanings may be recommended. These cleaning appointments involve examining pocket depths to ensure they are healthy. To maintain the highest quality and most consistent results, good oral hygiene and periodontal cleanings are recommended.