NOW SERVING YOUR FAMILY AT TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS   |   VENTURA OFFICE   |   THOUSAND OAKS OFFICE

Blog

home / follow us / blog




Blog

Top Rated Family & Cosmetic Dentist serving Ventura, Oxnard, Westlake & Camarillo

divider

Periodontal Disease: Causes and Prevention


Registered on 2018. 10. 16


What Is It?

Periodontitis is a term used to describe a group of conditions that involves inflammation of the gums and other structures that support the teeth. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria found in dental plaque and often, but not always, starts as gingivitis.

In trying to eliminate the bacterial infection, your body produces substances that destroy the structures that hold the teeth in the jaw, including the periodontal ligament and underlying bone. As this process continues, the teeth become loose. Pockets form between the teeth and gums, allowing more bacteria to accumulate. Left untreated, periodontitis can result in tooth loss.

Periodontitis usually is relatively painless. The onset of significant pain may signal the development of an abscess.

Older adults are more likely to have periodontitis.

People who smoke are four to seven times more likely than nonsmokers to get periodontitis. Smoking may impair the body's defense against bacteria.


Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Reddened, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Bad breath
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth
However, many people are unaware of these symptoms or do not believe they are signs of a serious problem.


Diagnosis

Your Ventura dentist, Dr. Frank Esfandiari will examine your mouth, paying special attention to your gums and teeth. If you have periodontitis, a dental probeinserted between your tooth and your gums will penetrate deeper than it normally would.

Your dentist may also test for loose teeth. Teeth have a normal range of mobility, but in people with periodontitis, the teeth are looser due to the destruction of the fibers and bone supporting the teeth.

Your dentist may also order X-rays to help diagnose periodontitis. These can be compared with older X-rays to see if changes have occurred in your teeth and gums.


Expected Duration

Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis cannot be completely reversed. In some situations, the supporting fibers and bone that have been lost can be regenerated. In most cases, however, particularly in advanced stages of the disease, the effects are permanent. However, treatment and improved oral hygiene at any stage can improve the health of your gums and prevent further destruction.


Prevention

Daily brushing and flossing (morning and night) and regular visits for professional cleaning can help prevent periodontitis or allow you to have it treated during its earliest stages. If you smoke, quitting will reduce your risk significantly.


Treatment

Treatment depends on how severe your periodontitis is. Dentists classify the disease as mild, moderate or severe.

Mild periodontitis is usually treated first with a thorough cleaning called scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque or calculus that has accumulated on the crowns of your teeth (the parts that show) and slightly below the gum line. Root planing has two purposes: 1) to remove plaque or calculus from the roots of your teeth and 2) to smooth the roots of the teeth, making it more difficult for bacteria to cling to them. This, combined with good oral hygiene at home, often is enough for successful treatment.

Moderate periodontitis may require more than scaling and root planing. Typically, your dentist will scale and root-plane your teeth. If this does not take care of the problem, he or she may decide that you need surgical treatment. Surgery can involve reshaping the gums to fit the teeth (resective surgeries) or encouraging lost bone to regrow (regenerative surgeries). Your dentist will decide whether you will need surgery and what type you need.

Severe periodontitis likely will require surgical intervention and, in some instances, antibiotics. At this stage of disease, tooth loss is a distinct possibility.

No matter which treatment you undergo, you should start a strict regimen of brushing and flossing to help restore your teeth to health.


When To Call Your Ventura Dentist

The best course of action is to get regular dental checkups. If you have persistent bleeding or swelling of your gums or notice loose teeth, call your dentist.


Prognosis

The outlook is good if the disease is recognized early and treated aggressively. Once bone loss occurs, the prognosis depends on the severity of the loss. Quitting smoking is very important for periodontal therapy to be successful. Lifelong maintenance will be required once the disease is controlled.


List of Articles

Tooth Discoloration file

  • Jan 24, 2019

What Is tooth discoloration? Your teeth can become discolored by stains on the surface or by changes in the tooth material. Dentists divide discoloration into three main categories: Extrinsic discoloration : This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained by coffee, wine, cola or other drinks or foods. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains. Intrinsic discoloration : This is when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) darkens or gets a yellow tint. Causes in...
Read more

New Year's Resolutions For A Healthy Smile imagefile

  • Jan 16, 2019

You might have already started about your New Year's resolutions for a healthy smile. Maybe it's to save more money, get a better job or lose some weight. Many people set new goals about having a healthy lifestyle in 2019. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make. Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your ...
Read more

Use It or Lose It! imagefile

  • Oct 16, 2018

Your dental benefits reset each year. After December 31, you will lose any unused dental benefits. It means that this is a perfect time of year to take advantage of everything your dental insurance provides especially if you have outstanding treatment. Here are some of the services you may want to receive before December 31st. Dental Checkup Most dental insurance companies provide coverage for at least two dental checkups a year. If you haven't received a dental cleaning in the last six mo...
Read more

Periodontal Disease: Causes and Prevention imagefile

  • Oct 16, 2018

What Is It? Periodontitis is a term used to describe a group of conditions that involves inflammation of the gums and other structures that support the teeth. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria found in dental plaque and often, but not always, starts as gingivitis. In trying to eliminate the bacterial infection, your body produces substances that destroy the structures that hold the teeth in the jaw, including the periodontal ligament and underlying bone. As this process continues, the teeth...
Read more

What Are The Stages Of Gum Disease? imagefile

  • May 16, 2018

What is Gum Disease? Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not removed through daily brushing and flossing, plaque can build up and the bacteria infect not only your gums and teeth, but eventually the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth. This can cause them to become loose, fall out or have to be removed ...
Read more

Toothbrush Care and Replacement image

  • Feb 23, 2018

How can I take care of my toothbrush? To keep your toothbrush and yourself healthy, make sure you let it dry out between uses. Toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for germs, fungus and bacteria, which after a while can build up to significant levels. After using your toothbrush, shake it vigorously under tap water and store it in an upright position so that it can air out. To prevent cold and flu viruses from being passed between brushes, try to keep your toothbrush from touching others when i...
Read more

Caring For Your Dental Implants image

  • Nov 29, 2017

Dental implants have been used successfully for many years. Your implant should last for a very long time if you take the following points to heart. Smoking This is one of the greatest risks for implant-related complications. You should therefore try to quit smoking. Oral Hygiene Thoroughly cleaning and caring for the implant during all steps of the treatment is extremely important. Careful attention to your oral hygiene every day is important for the survival of your implant. Maintenance Visiting y...
Read more

Should you have your wisdom teeth removed? image

  • Nov 13, 2017

Jennifer Flach was a college junior when her wisdom teeth started making themselves known. "My other teeth started moving around," she remembers. "The wisdom teeth were pushing out and undoing some of the orthodontic work I had done in high school." At the same time, her brother — who's two years younger and was also in college — had no symptoms. But the family dentist suggested his wisdom teeth should come out too. Jen and her brother had back-to-back wisdom tooth extractions and recovered t...
Read more

Taking Care of Your Teeth image

  • Sep 28, 2017

Teeth for a Lifetime Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people than ever before are keeping their teeth throughout their lives. Although some diseases and conditions can make dental disease and tooth loss more likely, most of us have a good deal of control over whether we keep our teeth into old age. The most important thing you can do to maintain good oral health is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Most mouth woes are caused by plaque, that sticky laye...
Read more

Severe Tooth Pain? Here's What You Can Do imagefile

  • Sep 05, 2017

Any injury to the gums or teeth can be very painful. In some cases, however, the cause of severe dental pain is not obvious. For example, pain that comes on suddenly may be caused by particles of food that got lodged in a cavity and have started to irritate the nerve inside the tooth. If you lose a filling or a crown, the nerve inside the tooth may be exposed, and you may feel severe pain when air or hot or cold substances touch the uncovered part of the tooth. Pain that bec...
Read more






Quick Contact

What people are saying

divider



My experience has been great. Dr.Frank makes me feel comfortable, his staff is friendly and helpful. I needed a lot of dental work done and Dr. Frank was patient and nice to me. I plan to stay his patient for a very long time.

Staci G. on Google Plus

I recommend Everyone to Dr. Esfandiari because his office is very welcoming and I always feel comfortable when I'm there. Last week I had an emergency pain and dr. Esfandiari made himself available to take care of me on a Sunday which was so nice of him.

Nancy A. on Google Plus

Dr. Esfandiari is a gem. His facilities are clean and his staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Dr. Esfandiari genuinely cares for his patients. He provides the best dental care I have ever recived. I had really bad decay on the front of my teeth, Dr. Esfandiari restored them and now im smiling again :)

Victoria M. on Google Plus

Dr. Esfandiari is a great dentist. He is very professional and knowledgeable. He is a super nice and treats everyone equally. His staff are friendly and make you feel at home.

Mahsa S. on Google Plus

This dentist is amazing! I was so scared of the dentist that I hadn't been to one for over 8 years and he finally made me feel comfortable enough to get my teeth fixed. He was also great with my kids too and they love him.

Rachel W. on Google Plus

Dr. Frank was very kind, explained what he was doing and his office staff were very pleasant and seemed down to earth and engaging. I would definitely recommend giving Dr. Frank and his staff a shot at being your family dentist office.

Nic R. on Google Plus

His staff is great. Nancy his dental assistant is awesome, super nice. Thank you for letting my sister come with me during visit, really did help me plus all the laughter. If you are in need of a great dentist, Dr Frank is it. He's honest, compassionate, understanding and very funny. Thank you again Dr Frank and Nancy :)

Claudia R. on Yelp

Bruhhhhh! Best dentist period. If you don't go to village family dentist you're basic and your teeth be funky. On the real professional fast and the head dentist is the best and most honest I've worked with.

Alexis W. on Yelp





What sets us apart

divider

It's important to find the right dentist for your entire family. Then, how do you find the right one? Dr. Esfandiari has been locally known for one of the best dentist in Ventura, Oxnard, Westlake, and Camarillo for years. The moment you walk in, you're already part of our family. And our Ventura dental team ensures that your entire visit is seamless, painless, and satisfying at all levels.




Best Ventura Dentist by OpenCare
Voted Best Dentist in Ventura


Dr. Esfandiari has won the 2015 Patients' Choice Awards for Dentist in Ventura, CA, verified by Opencare.com


Ventura Dentist Review
Five-Star Reviews by Patients


Our patients love us on Google. Read the reviews to see it for yourself.


We Speak Spanish
We Speak Your Language.

Our dentist also speaks Spanish and we also open Saturdays!