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Periodontal Disease

James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stockton, CA

Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum and bone disease, impacts the health of over 60 million Americans every year. Centrally located in Stockton, California, the office of James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS is equipped to help the men, women, and families of San Joaquin County prevent, treat, and cure periodontal disease, through comprehensive diagnostic and curative care. Get in touch with Dr. Van Sicklen by phone or online if you or a family member is suffering from periodontal disease or you’d simply like to learn the best prevention practices.

Periodontal Disease Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease refers to a variety of bacterial infections in the tissue around your teeth and in your gums. In most cases, you’re susceptible to contracting periodontal disease as a result of plaque and tartar accumulations around the gum line.

Dr. Van Sicklen can help you fight back against the two main types of periodontal disease through comprehensive treatment and information about the best oral hygiene habits:


Gingivitis refers to a severe infection of the gum that occurs when plaque either forms on your teeth or turns into tartar and creates an infection in the gingiva. This leads to swelling, puffing, and tenderness.  


If you leave gingivitis untreated, you’re exposing yourself to periodontitis, which happens when the bacterial infection in the gum caused by gingivitis reaches deeper areas within the tissue pockets. This impacts the bone supporting your teeth and can lead to tooth loss.

What are common symptoms of periodontal disease?

The most common symptoms of periodontal disease include any of the following:

  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding gums after flossing, brushing
  • Gums that are red, tender, or swollen
  • Pus between gums and teeth

Get in touch with Dr. Van Sicklen immediately if you experience any of the above. The faster you treat the bacterial infection, the lower your chances of crippling side effects.

What causes periodontal disease?

There are many causes of periodontal disease. Smokers have been found to be more at risk of developing a bacterial infection, as well as women undergoing hormonal changes and individuals with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or cancer. Anyone who’s been prescribed medications that reduce the flow of saliva is also at risk.

Naturally, if you have a family history of periodontal disease, you need to be extra mindful of your oral hygiene.

How is periodontal disease treated?

Periodontal disease affects each person differently. That’s why it’s important for Dr. Van Sicklen to identify how exacerbated your bacterial infection is to determine the most individualized mode of action to treat your symptoms.

Dr. Van Sicklen might recommend a series of deep cleaning sessions to empty the pockets around your teeth, lifestyle change to increase your overall dental hygiene, or antibiotic gels and oral medicine to control the infection.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can quickly and painfully make your life unbearable. Contact Dr. Van Sicklen immediately by phone or online to begin your treatment.