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Periodontal disease is gum disease. It is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Periodontal disease is remarkably pervasive worldwide, even in the United States. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) reports that about three out of four Americans suffer from some form of periodontal disease. And unfortunately, only about three percent of those people seek treatment.

Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists are dental detectives who can properly diagnose periodontal disease. So, make sure you visit our office if you have any of the following warning signs: gums that are tender, red, swollen or bleed easily; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth; permanent teeth that are loose or separating; and changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite. These are all strong indicators that your oral health may be suffering from periodontal disease.

The present belief is that most periodontal diseases are actually a blend of various infections that are associated with particular groups of indigenous, oral bacteria. Gum tissue naturally forms a seal around the tooth, but if there is any contamination on the tooth’s surface, the gum tissue will not seal against the tooth. When this happens, the jawbone and root of the tooth are vulnerable to bacterial invasions.

Periodontal disease can advance and progress into full-blown periodontitis, which is a disease that occurs when there is a breakdown in the seal between the gum and the tooth. Bacteria get below the gum tissue seal and around a tooth, and they begin to destroy the part of the jawbone that anchors the teeth.

If you suffer from advanced periodontitis, the bone loss around your teeth can quickly become severe. So, it’s absolutely essential that you choose a competent and experienced dentist like Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists to assess your condition.

Dr. Nicholas is not only a celebrated dentist; she is also a well-known periodontist, which is a specialized and highly trained dentist who has expert knowledge in gum tissue treatments. A board-certified periodontist like Dr. Nicholas is the most qualified dental professional to assess your condition and to determine the best treatment for managing periodontal disease. So, don’t leave your smile in the hands of some everyday, discount dentist; put yourself in the expert care of a distinguished periodontist who can give you exceptional care.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can protect your oral health from the degenerative effects of periodontal disease, please contact Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. They can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at their office in Palm Desert, California.