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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.
In the mildest form of the disease, gingivitis, the gums redden, swell and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.


Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. Gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed

Periodontal Surgery and procedures are necessary when you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, and tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment.

About drzarekari

Dr. Mehri Zarekari recieved her undergraduate degree at California State University, Hayward before following her professional career at School of Dental Medicine at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Zarekari combines an exceptional education, extensive clinical experience, and long-standing personal dedication to improving people's dental health, allowing her to bring outstanding functional health and beauty to her patient's smiles. She has been recognized as an Invisalign® Premier Provider since 2008, placing her among approximately the top five percent of Invisalign® practitioners in North America. She has demonstrated an exceptional level of Invisalign® experience and keep current on the latest techniques. If you need restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, invisalign®, or full-mouth reconstruction, Dr. Mehri Zarekari provides a wide range of dental treatments using advanced technology and a gentle touch to give you the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. We look forward to hearing from you! To find out more about our dentists and the dentistry services we provide, please call 925.939.9177.

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