Gum Disease Is the Leading Cause of Tooth Loss

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Gum Disease Treatment

Why Is It Important to Treat Gum Disease?

Gum disease affects nearly half of the U.S. adult population. It is a serious gum infection that develops when plaque is allowed to harbor beneath the gum line, which causes inflammation of the gum tissue. Left untreated, it can lead to decay, bad breath, receding gums, swollen gums, and tooth loss. It can also spread to other areas of the mouth and body.

Studies have shown that gum disease can allow bacteria into the bloodstream, which may lead to systemic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke. While the best way to protect yourself is prevention by brushing, flossing and visiting our clinic for checkups regularly, getting treatment in the early stages can also save the health of your smile.

The 3 Stages of Gum Disease

Dr. Delaram Hanookai polished her gum disease expertise for 10 years as a clinical Instructor of Periodontics at USC. From scaling and root planing to modern laser gum surgery, she has multiple treatment options available for each stage of gum disease.


Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease. It’s caused by plaque buildup on the teeth, which can lead to inflammation of the gums. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums, and if it’s not removed by regular brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.

  • Bad Breath/Halitosis
  • Bleeding Gums when Brushing or Flossing
  • Red, Swollen Gums


Periodontitis is a serious gum disease caused by the buildup of bacteria and plaque around teeth, leading to inflammation and damage to the gums and bone. If left untreated, it can cause tooth loss and other health issues. Symptoms include bleeding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth. Treatment typically involves cleaning the teeth and gums and, in more severe cases, surgery.

  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Tissue Pockets
  • Moving Teeth

Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis is a severe form of periodontal disease that occurs when the bacterial infection in the gums spreads and destroys the tissues and bone that support the teeth. This condition can lead to tooth loss, and it requires prompt and aggressive treatment to prevent further damage.

  • Loose Teeth
  • Decreased Bone Mass
  • Missing Teeth
advanced periodontitis