What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, or Gum Disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. There are multiple factors which can lead to Gum Disease, including:

  • Plaque and tartar build-up
  • Medical Illnesses
  • Certain medications
  • Poor food habits
  • Hereditary factors like deep pockets in the gum tissues surrounding a tooth

Gum Disease Has Two Stages

There are two major stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontis.


  • Affects only the gums
  • A milder form of Periodontal Disease
  • Can be reversed
  • Gingivitis turns into Periodontis when left untreated


  • Happens when bacteria penetrates the deeper pockets of tissue where bone and membrane support the teeth
  • Results in tooth loss
  • May lead to serious health problems

Warning Signs

Periodontal disease is considered “silent” because pain does not always accompany its warning signs. See your Dentist if you experience:

  • Changes to teeth, bite or dental work
  • Changes to gums
  • Experience bad mouth odors or tastes
  • Have mouth sores

Periodontists are qualified Dentists who have an additional three years of education and specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. They also perform dental implant surgery and cosmetic periodontal procedures to help improve a smile. Your Periodontist will work closely with your Dentist to manage your oral health.

Convenient Location

Visit Dr. Sam Saadat of Newbury Park Dentist for all your dental needs at a convenient location in Newbury Park, near Thousand Oaks