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Tustin Periodontics offer periodontal disease treatment to residence of Tustin,, Irvine, Costa Mesa and surrounding areas.

65 Years And Older
80% of all patients over 65 have some form of periodontal disease
Diabetes and Heart Disease
Periodontal disease is linked to diabetes and heart disease.
Coronary Artery Disease
People with periodontal disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.
Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small

Understanding Periodontal Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Tustin Periodontics provides effective periodontal disease treatment to residents of Orange County serving Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim and surrounding areas. It is a serious oral condition that can cause significant damage to the gums, bones, and teeth if not treated correctly. Additionally, periodontal disease has been shown to have a strong correlation with several chronic diseases, including arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If you are suffering from periodontal disease do not hesitate to call us at : (714) 835-4441.

Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a prevalent dental condition that affects millions of adults worldwide. It is caused by bacteria in dental plaque and tartar that accumulates on teeth, leading to inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and even increase the risk of other systemic health conditions. In this blog, we will explore the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, as well as prevention and maintenance techniques to ensure healthy gums.

Causes of Periodontal Disease:

The primary cause of periodontal disease is the formation of plaque and tartar on teeth, which can lead to gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene practices and irregular dental visits may result in tartar buildup, which can spread bacteria to gums and cause inflammation. In addition, genetics and family history, certain medical conditions and medications, smoking and tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal disease.

Stages of Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal disease has three stages: gingivitis, early and moderate periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis causes inflammation of gums, leading to swelling and bleeding. If untreated, it can progress to early and moderate periodontitis, which causes damage to gum tissue and supporting bone structure. In the advanced stage, the disease can cause tooth loss and major damage to the jawbone.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:

The symptoms of periodontal disease vary from person to person, but common signs include swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, tooth sensitivity, loose or shifting teeth, and receding gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is crucial to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

A dental exam and periodontal charting are the first steps in diagnosing periodontal disease. If diagnosed early, scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning procedure that removes tartar and bacteria from teeth and gums, can effectively treat the disease. Antibiotics and other medications may also be prescribed to control infections. In severe cases, surgical procedures and other advanced therapies may be necessary.

Prevention and Maintenance:

Proper oral hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly, along with annual or bi-annual visits to the dentist, are essential in preventing periodontal disease. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can also reduce the risk of periodontal disease. If you have already been diagnosed with gum disease, supportive periodontal therapy can help manage and maintain your oral health.

Complications of Periodontal Disease:

If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, bone and tissue damage, and systemic health risks such as heart disease, respiratory problems, and diabetes. It is, therefore, crucial to seek professional dental care as soon as symptoms arise.


Periodontal disease can have severe consequences, but it is preventable and treatable with early recognition and intervention. Maintaining proper oral hygiene practices, getting regular dental checkups, and making healthy lifestyle choices are essential in maintaining healthy gums and avoiding periodontal disease. Do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, as early treatment and diagnosis can make all the difference in preserving your oral and systemic health.

What Some of Our Patients are Saying

Mariaelena Carrillo
Everyone is very friendly and understanding! I got my wisdom teeth removed from this location and I wasn’t feeling too good after and they helped watch over me and next thing you know I’m feeling way better after a few minutes of their help!:) I come back in for my checkup appointment and they were super helpful with any questions I had and the healing process went smoothly!
This is a very conscientious Practice. I Love my Periodontist Mr. SHELDON LU, DMD, MS he is caring, Extremely thorough , Answers all my questions with pleasure. Office staff Nancy, Maria and the rest of the staff there are same as Mr. SHELDON LU!! I’m glad I found him , and his wonderful staff. Makes a difference to me when people care. I would recommend this office anyone five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me , thank you for everything.
Victoria Shebala
Dr Lu is an excellent periodontist. He doesn’t believe in giving a patient too many medications when they are not necessary. He really cares about his patients. He makes sure to keep the patient’s teeth and gums clean to prevent any serious gum disease. I am one of his patients and highly recommend him. The members of his office staff and assistants are very professional.
Queenie Zhao
The clinic recommended by a friend specializing in the treatment of periodontal disease provided me with satisfactory service from the appointment to the post-operative period. Dr. Lu is very professional,he’s so considerate and gently answered my questions, he also taught me how to take care of my teeth every day. The front desk and the dental assistant are very warm and polite too.
Peterzj Luo
Small office, but very cozy and friendly. This is my first visit. I am very much impressed by Dr. Lu's professionalism and expert knowledge. He did a thorough examination and explained treatment options in easy-to-understand language. I feel very comfortable and well treated. I definitely would come back and recommend to others.
Farhat Farooqui
I was nervous before my tooth extraction and grafting procedure, but I knew I was in good hands with Dr Sheldon Lu and his staff. Dr Lu’s expertise and gentleness, and his staff’s efficiency and genuine concern for the patients made the surgical experience as pleasant as such a procedure can be. I would recommend Iconic Periodontics 100% to anyone. Thank you, Dr Lu and staff!
Stilian Halembakov
Very friendly and nice team. Dr Sheldon Li is soft-spoken and gentle, thorough in his dental expertise without pushing for a decision on proposed action plan. Highly recommended !
Julisa T
I love this dentist office. The front office is always kind, professional and very efficient. The dentists are always gentle quick and do an amazing job. I am a big chicken when it comes to any kind of invasive procedures, even minor ones. But I always feel at ease when I come here.10 ⭐️’s
Jennifer Joy Miller
From the first point of contact on the phone I knew IPDI was a great place. After meeting Dr. Sheldon Lu, it was clear we’d found a gem. Dr Sheldon Lu and his team are professional, genuinely kind, caring and confident. You feel like not only have you met a great dentist, but made a new friend. Dr. Sheldon Lu is an honest dentist who instills trust in his patients by being upfront and genuine. I appreciate each staff member as well. Kind, clear and positive people work here.
Phuongut Huynh
I had a wonderful experience at this place . Service was fast and the staff were very friendly. They made sure all concern I had about my teeth were answer . They took time to answer my questions and explain everything well to me . I came for a regular check up and cleaning done . The place was very nice. I usually don’t liked coming to a dentist office but for sure I will return back for my next checkup and cleaning Thanks to Dr Sheldon luu and his wonderful staff for such taking good care of me !

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