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Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease of the gums and the tissues that support your teeth. It is caused by bacteria. Many adults know little if anything about it. Here are some answers to common questions.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

You may not know without visiting us. In early stages, it’s asymptomatic which is why it’s called the Silent Disease. Eventually, you’ll develop a bad taste in your mouth, bad breath, and gums that bleed when brushed or flossed.

How can gum disease affect me?

If symptoms are ignored, they could progress and you could lose your teeth. Gum disease has also been linked with heart and stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, lung disease, Crohn’s disease, premature deliveries, and pre-eclampsia.

What is being done about periodontal disease?

In the microscopic world of mouths, bacteria form ecological systems. Understanding this has led to scientific interference with bacterial and microbial nutrients, pH balance, oxygenating agents, communication systems, and ability to self defend.

How will this benefit me?

New understanding leads to new treatments and new diagnostic methods that are available at our dental practice. Prevention through good home care routines and keeping regular dental appointments are still your best defense against periodontal disease.

Joseph A. Whitehouse M.S. D.D.S.
(510) 881-1924 | www.createasmile.com
3603 Jamison Way Castro Valley, CA 94546

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