Gum Disease

Greyling Dental

General Dentist located in San Diego, CA

Gum disease affects more than 3 million Americans every year, and if it’s not dealt with soon enough, it can lead to infection and even tooth loss. Dr. Joanne Vargas-Velasco and her team at Greyling Dental in San Diego provide top-notch care to ward off gum disease, first by providing expert cleanings that can keep gum disease from forming, and from thorough dental exams that identify it if does develop. If you’re overdue for an exam or cleaning, protect your teeth and gums by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Gum Disease Q & A

Greyling Dental


What causes gum disease?

Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of gum disease. Bacteria in your mouth cause plaque to build up on your teeth. Proper brushing and flossing can help remove this plaque, but if you fail to get it all, it hardens into tartar along the gumline and can trap bacteria.

Regular dental cleanings help remove tartar and keep your gums healthy. But if you don’t maintain your oral hygiene routine, your gums can become infected. This type of infection is known as gingivitis, and it can eventually lead to tooth loss.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

If you develop gingivitis, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Reddened, swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Pain or soreness around the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Gums that recede, or pull away from your teeth

You may not notice the symptoms of gingivitis right away. That’s why it’s important to keep up with your regular dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Vargas-Velasco and the team at Greyling Dental are trained to detect gingivitis in its earliest stages.

When should I see a dentist?

Everyone should have a dental exam and cleaning every six months. In some cases, Dr. Vargas-Velasco may diagnose you with gingivitis during a regular exam. If you do have gingivitis, she will explain how best to treat it.

But even if you see a dentist regularly, it’s important to schedule an appointment any time you notice new or concerning symptoms. Failing to seek dental care can result in irreversible damage to your teeth and gums, so don’t wait until your next cleaning.

How is gum disease treated?

A full dental cleaning will help remove plaque and tartar. Special procedures may also be used to remove bacteria from below the gumline. In some cases, a thorough cleaning is enough to wipe out your gingivitis.

But sometimes further care is needed. Crooked teeth or poorly fitted dental implants can cause plaque to build up. Dr. Vargas-Velasco will help you address these issues to cure your gum disease and prevent it from returning.

Regular brushing and flossing at home will help remove any remaining plaque and prevent new plaque from forming.

If you need a dental exam or cleaning, don’t put it off. Call Greyling Dental today or book an appointment online.