Periodontist in Vista, CA
Periodontal disease is detrimental to the gums and the bond that support the teeth. Plaque, a sticky film, must be removed or tartar forms. When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. A periodontist in Vista, California from North County Dental Care, can help you maintain optimal oral health.
About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is characterized by swollen, red and/or bleeding gums. Most people that have it don’t even know it. This is because the disease is usually pain-free in the initial stages. This is why scheduling regular preventative dental exams every six months with a general dentist is important.
Not only is periodontal disease the number one reason for tooth loss, but research suggests that there may even be a link between the inflammation and bacteria of periodontal disease and other conditions such as strokes, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.
To prevent periodontal disease, follow a regular at-home oral hygiene routine, eat a balanced diet, and have regular dental checkups.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
A periodontist in Vista, California can detect signs and symptoms associated with periodontal disease, such as:
- Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed with a regular at-home oral hygiene routine.
- Loose teeth – This can also be caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
- New spacing between teeth – This is caused by bone loss.
- Persistent bad breath – This is caused by bacteria in the mouth.
- Pus around the teeth and gums – This is a key sign that an infection is present.
- Receding gums
- Red and puffy gums
- Tenderness or discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
Schedule an Appointment with a Periodontist in Vista, CA
Periodontal disease is very serious. A periodontist in Vista, California from North County Dental Care can help to reduce your risk of developing the disease or to stop it from progressing. To learn more about what a periodontist such as Dr. Patrick Huston can do for you, call our dental office at (760) 940-4266 today.
Patrick Huston, DDS, MSD (Periodontal Plastic Surgery and Implantology)
Dr. Patrick Huston received his dental degree at the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. Following seven years of private general dental practice, he went on to get a certificate in advanced periodontics at Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. As a board certified periodontist, Dr. Huston’s primary expertise is in the field of comprehensive periodontal disease management and complex implant dentistry. He remains on the forefront of his profession by providing training and professional services in conservative laser periodontal care, minimally invasive periodontal plastic surgery, implant surgery using the All-on-4 treatment concept, and complex regenerative and reconstructive therapies with autogenous and biologic materials with BMP. He strives to make periodontal and implant treatments friendly to patients and referrals by communicating and utilizing optimal diagnostics with CBCT scans and digital impression techniques.
Dr. Huston is currently an associate professor in the Department of Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University. Dr. Huston is a member of the American Board of Periodontology, American Academy of Periodontics, California Society of Periodontics, International Congress of Oral Implantologists,American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Academy of Osseointegration, and the American and California Dental Associations.
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