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Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is a prevalent yet preventable oral infection that poses a significant threat to dental health, potentially leading to tooth loss if not addressed in time. It typically begins with the accumulation of plaque and tartar, which are by-products of oral bacteria. Early warning signs of gum disease include symptoms such as bleeding gums, receding gum lines, swelling in the gums, and in advanced cases, tooth loss. Fortunately, with timely detection and treatment, gum disease can be effectively managed. It’s crucial to understand that if left untreated, gum disease can escalate into more serious health issues, including increased risks of stroke and heart attack.

Gum disease progresses through three stages, each varying in severity: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis, the initial stage, is characterized by gum inflammation, leading to the formation of deeper pockets around the teeth. During a dental examination in our Pleasanton clinic, we measure these pockets; a depth exceeding three millimeters is indicative of potential complications and warrants immediate attention.

As gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, the sustained presence of plaque and tartar exacerbates the gap between the gums and teeth, signaling the onset of bone loss and easy bleeding of the gums. This stage requires more intensive treatment strategies to halt further deterioration.

The most severe stage, advanced periodontitis, is marked by significant bone loss. The widened gap between teeth and gums allows bacteria to infiltrate to the tooth’s socket and roots. In advanced periodontitis, the stability of the teeth is compromised, with teeth becoming noticeably loose. Immediate and aggressive treatment is essential at this stage to prevent tooth loss.

At our dental clinic in Pleasanton, we emphasize the importance of regular check-ups for early detection and management of gum disease. Our approach involves thorough assessments and personalized treatment plans, ranging from routine cleanings to more advanced periodontal therapies, depending on the stage and severity of the condition. Our goal is to not only treat gum disease but also to educate our patients on preventive measures to maintain optimal oral health.


In the early stage of gum disease, treatment could be as simple as having your dental cleaning more frequently. This allows your dentist to remove the tartar before it has a chance to cause serious damage. As gum disease progresses, deeper cleanings, called dental scaling, are necessary to remove plaque and tartar that has made its way deeper under the gums. With the use of anesthetic, this should feel no different than a typical cleaning. In some cases, a device similar to a tooth whitening tray is used for medication to penetrate deeper under your gums. In more severe cases, laser or oral surgery could be necessary to eliminate the damage caused by the bacteria and treat the receding gums.

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