Angela Leung DDS PC | Periodontal (gum) disease in San Francisco

1131 Mission Road,
South San Francisco, CA 94080
    595 Buckingham Way, Ste 432
San Francisco, CA 94132

Dental Implants and Root Canal Specialist

(415) 681-2697

drleung@angelaleungddspc.com

Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm & Sat: By Appointment

Periodontal (gum) disease
 

Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.

Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.

In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.

Angela Leung DDS PC in San Francisco CA
 
 
 
San Francisco Dentist | Periodontal (gum) disease. Angela Leung is a San Francisco Dentist.