Gum disease is more common than you might think. At Michelsen Dental in Orange CA, we see patients with gum disease every day.
Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until we diagnose it. Fortunately, gum disease is a treatable condition, although the sooner it’s caught and treatment begun, the better.
What is gum disease? Gum disease, also called ‘periodontal disease’, is an inflammation or infection of the gums. Periodontal disease can be very painful in some extreme conditions, and can limit your ability to eat normally. In some cases, it can affect your smile, and can create cosmetic concerns.
If left untreated, gum disease can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss. When caught early and treated, it can be managed, and ultimately cured. However the best policy is to practice good dental hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay.
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