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Serious Dangers of Periodontal Disease Elk Grove, CA
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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious condition affecting the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. This disease can cause a variety of complications and can even lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Here are some of the causes of periodontal disease and the dangers of gum disease that could impact your health and appearance.

What Causes Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Periodontal or gum disease is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums. When plaque isn’t removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Tartar buildup can lead to inflammation and infection in the gums, the beginning stage of periodontal disease. Other risk factors include smoking, hormonal changes, certain medications, and genetics. Gum disease can impact your oral and overall health, resulting in the following dangers to your health.

Bone Loss

Periodontal disease can cause the bones that support the teeth to deteriorate. Over time, this can lead to tooth loss and other serious complications. Bone loss can also change the facial structure and appearance.

Tooth Loss

As the bones supporting the teeth deteriorate, the teeth can become loose and eventually fall out. This can be a painful and expensive experience. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss.

Gum Recession

Periodontal disease can cause the gums to recede, exposing the teeth’ roots and making them more susceptible to decay and other complications.

Cardiovascular Disease

There is a strong link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. People with periodontal disease are likelier to develop heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.

Respiratory Infections

Periodontal disease can also increase the risk of respiratory infections. This is because the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause infections.


People with periodontal disease are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This is because the inflammation caused by periodontal disease can make it more difficult for the body to regulate blood sugar levels.

To prevent these dangers, taking good care of your teeth and gums is important. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If you develop periodontal disease, it is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further complications. With the proper care and attention, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid the dangers of periodontal disease.

Comprehensive Dental Care in Elk Grove, CA

At Ora Dentistry, we want to protect the smiles and health of all our patients. Periodontal disease impacts millions of people but can be prevented and treated. To learn more about preventing gum disease or treatments to restore your oral and overall health if you have periodontitis, come see our dental team at Ora Dentistry. Call our Elk Grove, CA, dental center to schedule a periodontal disease exam and consultation.

Posted on behalf of Ora Dentistry

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000


Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm


Cynthia B.

Very confused by the website and advertising as an after hour/emergency dental service. I broke a tooth this evening and was looking for emergency dental services for the earliest appointment. I called and a receptionist/operator picked up on a Friday evening close to 8 p.m. and said that the emergency dental service was only for existing patients. That isn't on the website and in fact, the top line on the website states if you need emergency dental care , call. Don't mind that they aren't able to see me, but the operator needs a better script when explaining their services and should also provide better service or don't be an after hour receptionist. She also never asked me if I WAS an existing patient. Would love to give no stars, but I can't post unless I pick one. UPDATE: So wasn't expecting the owner of the practice to call me. I spoke with Dr. Dalla and he explained in detail their policies and calmed my anxiety regarding my broken tooth.. I appreciate that he is a business owner that pays attention to what is being said about his practice and would take the time to follow up. I may have found a new dentist.

Abida G.

I’ve been searching for a dental office for my special needs daughter for a long time. I called many offices explaining her situation that she had Autism and anxiety and I was told they didn’t see special needs kids. I came across Ora Dentistry through my google search and gave them a call explained to them my situation and they told me they’d be happy to see her. We scheduled an appointment. On the day of the appointment I called again and explained her situation and told them she would like her sister and mom to be there for support due to her anxiety and they were totally accommodating and that put me at ease. We got to our appointment and were greeted by Bridgette she was AMAZING with my daughter she made her feel SUPER comfortable through out the entire process! I’ve never seen my daughter so calm and relaxed. When the doctor came in to do his exam on her he too was beyond nice and again made my daughter feel at ease. I really have to thank Ora dentistry for their excellent service! If you have a special needs child this is the place to go! Highly recommend it!

Steve F.

Two years ago I visited this office to assess the viability of getting an implant for a lost tooth. On that first visit Dr. Dalla had x-rays taken, made the assessment, provided me with options, including performing an implant on a lost back molar. I consented, and right then and there, he performed the actual implant and gave me a return appointment to insure all was healing well. Then, 3 months later, he fitted me with the abutment and took impressions for the crown. Two weeks after that the crown was installed. Not only was the work done in record time, but it has been the best fitting crown I've ever had, and I've had 18 crowns in my lifetime of 68 years. This was my second implant. My first implant was by another dental office and does not come close to compare with Dr. Dalla's work. His implant and crown feel like healthy, natural teeth, and in fact, I chew most of my food using that new "molar." I wish I would have gone to him long ago. By far the best around. He is a perfectionist, and is demanding of himself. Just what you should want in someone performing your dental work. Highest recommendations!

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2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000

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Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm