• Periodontics

  • The tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth are referred to as the periodontium. An infection in this area is called periodontal disease.

    Many people in Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and all throughout the world suffer from periodontal disease. Foothill Dental Group is skilled at detecting periodontal disease at its earliest stages and addressing the best ways for you to combat this problem.

    Periodontal disease will not go away on its own. A thorough cleaning from a dental office and further instructions on how to best restore your mouth to its optimum functionality is required.

    What is periodontal disease?

    Before periodontal disease occurs, plaque that has not been removed from your teeth turns into a hard substance called tartar. Tartar can not be removed by brushing and flossing alone and needs to be addressed by a dentist.

    When that tartar is not properly cleaned away from where your gums meet your teeth, your gums may become infected and start to recede. As your teeth and gums begin to separate, they leave spaces that can become infect.

    Gum Disease Treatment

    Periodontal disease is a serious infection under your gum line

    ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic that kills the bacteria that causes the infection.

    • It’s placed directly in the infected areas—or “pockets”—in your gums.
    • It’s applied immediately after scaling and root planing, the dental procedure that disrupts stubborn plaque and bacteria below your gum line—where brushing and flossing can’t reach.

    ARESTIN® starts working quickly, right at the source of infection, and keeps fighting bacteria long after you leave the dental office.

    ARESTIN® fights infection and inflammation for 30 days, and provides significantly better results than scaling and root planing alone for up to 90 days.

    How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

    Though you may not notice any warning signs at all, there are a few symptoms that may indicate you have  periodontal disease. Such symptoms include:

    Gum Changes

    • Receding: Your teeth may appear to be longer than before, or your gums seem to dip down lower around certain teeth than others.

    • Swollen: Some areas of your gums may seem larger or swollen compared to others.

    • Sensitive or tender: Certain foods or temperatures make certain areas of your mouth feel uncomfortable.

    • Red: Gums that are more red in color than usual.

    • Bleeding: Though you may think you simply brushed too hard, or too aggressively picked your teeth, there may be a different reason why your gums are bleeding.

    Bad Breath

    When you have continuous bad breath - also called halitosis - even after brushing, you should speak with a dentist. Bad breath can be a sign of a variety of issues, and periodontal disease is one of them.

    Changes in Teeth

    • Sensitive

    • Loose

    • Appear Longer

    If you visit the dentist regularly, periodontal disease can be caught early. A thorough cleaning and inspection of your teeth and mouth are done to determine if there are pockets or recession of gums that are at risk of developing into periodontal disease.

    Foothill Dental Group works hand in hand with the leading periodontal professionals in Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and surrounding areas to save your mouth from periodontal disease

    Please give us a call at (510) 782-4161 if you have any concerns about periodontal diseases or would like to learn more. We are always happy to help!