You May Have Gingivitis

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Everyne’s mouth is a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are dedicated to oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t affect your health. But as the team at Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry warns, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause trouble.

The first sign of gingivitis is swollen, sore gums.

It is vital for people to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when they are brushed or flossed. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are a signal that something is not right.

If you haven’t had an oral examination in a while and live in the San Jose area, call Wesley P. Yemoto DDS at 669-255-2764.

DoctorYemoto will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums and take time to discuss the results and recommendations with you.

Wesley P. Yemoto DDS is a full-service dental practice at 4860 Cherry Ave Ste F in San Jose. We provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for patients who live in San Jose and the nearby communities of Los Gatos, Cupertino and Campbell.

During your dental consultation, we can discuss any cosmetic or restorative procedures in which you are interested. Some of the procedures that we use to achieve stunning smiles are porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental implants, and tooth bleaching.

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, we invite you to schedule a comprehensive cleaning. Our hygienists are skilled professionals who complete the ultimate in dental deep-cleanings.

Oral health and overall health go hand in hand. Schedule a dental consultation today by calling 669-255-2764.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Too Common: Gum Disease in San Jose

Periodontal Disease in CaliforniaPeriodontal disease is not as common as it once was, but it is still more common than you might think. At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose, we see patients with gum disease more often than we like.

Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until it’s diagnosed. That’s because in its earliest stages, gum disease doesn’t give many signs. It does give a few, though: tenderness in the gums, and a little bleeding when you brush. Fortunately, it can be treated.

Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. In its mildest form, it is known as gingivitis. The more serious variety is periodontal disease. It can be very painful in extreme conditions, and limit your ability to eat normally. In severe cases, it can result in tooth loss.

Both gingivitis and periodontitis raise your risk of such conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. As with most ailments, early detection is key to treatment.

Treatment
After we diagnose gum disease, the first task is to control it. The first step is a careful, in-depth cleaning that goes beneath the gum line. We’ll use special instruments in a deep cleaning.

A procedure called scaling is the removal of tartar both above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths out any rough surfaces of the roots of your teeth.

In addition to these, we may prescribe oral gels and other medications.

If deep cleaning doesn’t fully correct the issue, we may recommend surgical procedures like gum grafting or flap surgery.

Gum disease is a serious matter, but the thing to remember is that most cases are treatable, especially if it is diagnosed early enough. Dr. WEsley Yemoto DDS in San Jose provides gum disease treatment, as well as general and restorative dentistry.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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Welcome to Dr. Wesley Yemoto, DDS dental blog.  Today, we’re taking a brief look at periodontal disease.

Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of  inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Symptoms include pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, bone near the teeth may be affected. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the dangerous material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss occurs.

Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. It coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more swelling there is, the more the liver produces CRP, which contributes to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and similar issues. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal issues.

Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. They’ve established links between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will arise, eventually causing tooth loss.

It is vital to practice preventive dental care daily at home and visit your dentist regularly. Dental appointments should include an exam, cleaning, and full mouth x-rays, along with the important knowledge and instruction on how to properly care for teeth and gums at home. Call Dr. Yemoto promptly if a tooth suddenly becomes sensitive or you observe any other changes.

Thanks for visiting our blog. For more details about inflammation or periodontal disease, give us a call at 669-255-2764.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS: 669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118