Know the Early Signs of Gum Disease

More than 45% of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the USA, according to the American Dental Association. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, which is why you need to visit Dr. Jerry Johnson for your bi-annual dental checkup in Pasadena, CA.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease, gum disease, is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that contains bacteria. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar and bacteria start breaking down enamel and spreading to deeper layers, as well as your gums.

Early Signs of Gum Disease

When plaque continues to buildup, it turns into something called tartar, or calculus. This will likely cause swelling and gums bleeding easily while brushing them. Other early signs or symptoms of gum disease that indicate you need immediate attention from your dentist include:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Tender and swollen gums that bleed easily
  • Loose teeth and pain while chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

Other reasons you may develop gum disease is because of any of the following: crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly, pregnancy, diabetes, smoking, and chewing tobacco, medications, and genetics.


  1. You should have an oral and dental examination at your Pasadena dentist's office every six months.
  2. Maintain a healthy oral habit: brush your teeth twice a day, after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush; and floss daily before going to bed to remove food debris.
  3. Avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy.
  4. Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots, which help scrape off the tartar from the surface of your teeth.
  5. Drink water to wash away food particles.

Need to call a dentist?

If you would like to speak with Dr. Jerry Johnson of Pasadena, CA, or schedule a bi-annual checkup, call 626-798-7896.


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January 25, 2023

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Dr. Johnson is a high-quality dentist who takes the time to explain any procedure you need to have done, which greatly puts you at ease. I recently broke off a piece of one of my back molars while eating at a restaurant. I called his office and Dr. Johnson was able to see me right away and fit me in to his schedule. I ended up needing a crown and couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you, Dr. Johnson!     

I have been going to Dr. Johnson's office for a number of years and I cannot recommend them enough.  The staff is knowledgeable, courteous and always friendly - there is a caring, personal touch here that you do not find with all Dental Offices.  

From the moment you arrive you are greeted with a smile and a warm demeanor by Mary at the front desk, and that feeling continues through the rest of your visit.  Dr. Johnson always takes the time to explain any necessary procedures and offers advice & tips on ways that I can improve my teeth in advance of the next visit.  

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Sep 20, 2010 

I know that often people don't usually enjoy going to the dentist, which is why I have told referred so many people to Dr. Johnson - here you really feel like you are part of the family.
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My wife has been going to Dr. Johnson for quite some time now and she introduced me to him about 12 years ago. I have never felt so comfortable with a dentist as I have with Dr. Johnson. I have had a lot of work done by Dr. Johnson and have never felt any pain... AT ALL! If you are afraid of going to the dentist because of the pain, you need not fear Dr. Johnson. He is easy going and patient and does not try to sell you anything you don't need. Another thing that makes his office great is, he is prompt. If your appointment is at 2, then you are in your chair and being worked on at 2. He doesn't over book, which speaks volumes about his care for his patients.     


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 Jerry Johnson is the best dentist I've ever been to. I used to go to Dental Plus in Pasadena, and although their dentists were very competent, they were always trying to get me to do what I thought were unnecessary procedures (like veneers I didn't want or need). Jerry is the exact opposite of this. He's very laid-back, knowledgeable, and never tries to rip you off. His staff are friendly, polite, and intelligent. I think he already has plenty of patients, but I'd strongly recommend him if you're looking for a dentist in the Pasadena area. 








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