Gum disease can significantly affect your appearance and oral health. Many people develop the condition without realizing it, ignoring warning signs such as occasional gum bleeding. When caught early, we can prevent it and repair the damage. It starts as gingivitis, where plaque forms on the gums and teeth and then progresses into periodontal disease. If left untreated, it can destroy gum tissue and bone, resulting in tooth loss. Treatments include traditional teeth cleaning, scaling and root planning, and locally applied antibiotics. Researchers have found that periodontal infection is often linked to other health conditions such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, and pregnancy problems. If you’re concerned about gingivitis or gum disease, California Dental Care can help restore your dental health!