We take periodontal disease very seriously at the dental practice of Dr. Stephen Henry DDS. If your gums bleed every time you brush your teeth, or if your gums have begun to recede and make your teeth look longer than natural, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as you can.

Periodontal disease in Foster City, California, occurs when the plaque and calculus on your teeth are left untreated. If they continue to live on your teeth without being scraped or cleaned off, it can irritate your gums enough to move them away from your teeth. As the condition progresses, the bone that holds your teeth in place will begin to deteriorate. This is because the toxins that are released from the plaque and calculus attack the bone and destroy it. Once the bone is ruined, the teeth will begin to fall out of your mouth, leaving you with a gummy, empty smile.

Our dentist will perform a periodontal exam that will end in diagnosing the problems, maintaining them, and creating a treatment plan for you. Our dentist will diagnose the condition by checking the bleeding and swelling of the gums, the alignment of the teeth, and the condition of the jawbone. The treatment of the disease can include root scaling and planing techniques, deep cleaning methods, Perio Protect, and surgery. We try to maintain the health of your oral cavity by recommending regular dental cleanings and dental hygiene routines.

To learn more about periodontal disease, please call our office at 650-341-5656 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Henry.