Gum Disease Specialist

Finesse Dental

Alexander Moqattash, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

A gum disease diagnosis could indicate that you should improve your oral hygiene habits. At Finesse Dental in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Alexander Moqattash, DDS, treats gum disease and can help you refine your brushing and flossing skills to improve your oral health. Book your next dental exam by phone, or schedule online to find out more about gum disease today.

Gum Disease Q&A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a degenerative oral health infection affecting the soft tissues that support your teeth. Eventually, the infection can spread to the roots of your teeth and your jawbone, causing tooth loss and bone loss. 

The infection stems from bacteria in your mouth, which builds up on your teeth and hardens into a rough substance called tartar. 

The bacterial buildup irritates your gums, causing inflammation, which is an early sign of gum disease. From there, the symptoms worsen without oral health maintenance or professional treatments. 

What are the signs and symptoms associated with gum disease?

Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which causes gum inflammation and frequent gum bleeding. The inflammation can be so mild that you don’t even realize it. Since this is the earliest stage of gum disease, it’s important to get a diagnosis and get started with treatment. 

The best way to detect gum disease is to attend your six-month dental exams at Finesse Dental. Dr. Moqattash identifies early signs of gum disease that you might not notice on your own. Of course, you should also book an appointment if you experience gum disease symptoms like:

  • Dark red or purple gums
  • Puffy or swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Frequent bleeding from the gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pockets between your gums and teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Loose adult teeth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down

Some of these symptoms are common signs of other oral health conditions, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from the Finesse Dental team. Dr. Moqattash might take dental X-rays if he suspects that your gum disease is causing bone loss. 

What are my treatment options for gum disease?

In its mildest stages, gum disease doesn’t always require treatment beyond regular dental cleanings and improved oral care at home. Dr. Moqattash can teach you methods of brushing and flossing to best eliminate plaque. 

For advanced gum disease, Dr. Moqattash selects your treatments based on severity. Options for treatment include:

  • More frequent dental cleanings
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Gum grafting surgery

These treatments can prevent further damage and additional health complications. 

If you have symptoms typical of gum disease, or if it’s time for another preventive dental appointment, book an examination at Finesse Dental by phone or schedule online today.