What You Need to Know about Gum Disease

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Gum disease is one of the most insidious dental diseases, capable of great damage to your smile before you even know you have it. Our Los Angeles periodontists can help you learn everything you need to know about gum disease so that you can keep your smile safe and healthy.

Some things to know about gum disease:

1. Gum disease is not inevitable
Although gum disease becomes more common with age, it is not inevitable. Good dental habits and preventive care can keep your gums healthy now and as you age.

2. Gum disease can be hard to spot
Bleeding gums should be taken seriously because they are one of the most obvious signs of gum disease. Puffiness, swelling, and discoloration can also occur in the early stages of gum disease. However, the best way to identify gum disease in its early stages is through regular dental checkups.

3. Gum disease can be linked to other serious problems
Gum disease has been linked to tooth and bone loss in the mouth, but it has also been linked to dementia, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, strokes, and pregnancy complications.

4. Gum disease is treatable
Both noninvasive and surgical treatments can be used to treat the issue.

5. Gum disease should not be ignored
This chronic infection will get worse without treatment and can cause extensive damage.

Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in gum disease in Los Angeles.

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Common Treatment Options for Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Without treatment, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease that can cause gum, tooth, and bone loss. If you have gingivitis, our Los Angeles periodontist can help you find the right treatment to restore gum health.

Common treatment options for gingivitis include:

1. A professional dental cleaning
Plaque buildup and the bacteria that live in plaque are responsible for the inflammation and irritation associated with gingivitis. In the earliest stages of this disease, a professional cleaning to remove this buildup may be all that is needed to eliminate symptoms and allow the gums to heal.

2. Scaling and root planing
If gingivitis has caused the gums to pull away from the teeth, plaque buildup can develop below the gum line, which can necessitate a more extensive type of cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning procedure can remove all buildup above and below the gum line and smooth the roots of the tooth so that the gums can heal properly.

3. Improved at-home care
No matter what type of professional treatment you need, it will need to be augmented with improved at-home hygiene. We may recommend specific products to combat the bacterial infection underlying the gingivitis, such as a special fluoride toothpaste or antimicrobial mouthwash.

Call our office today to find out more about preventing and treating gingivitis or to schedule your next checkup with our expert in gingivitis treatment in Los Angeles.

Treatment Options for Gingivitis

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Gingivitis is a chronic inflammation and infection of the periodontal tissues, which support and surround the teeth. Most commonly, gingivitis is due to poor dental hygiene. Yet, it is also linked to poor nutrition, smoking, certain medications, certain health problems, hormone changes or genetic susceptibility. If you have gingivitis, our Los Angeles periodontist will likely recommend prompt treatment, because the disease can progress to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is associated with the destruction of periodontal tissues, as well as bone, tooth and gum loss.

If you have gingivitis, your treatments may include:

  • Professional cleaning
  • Risk factor evaluation
  • A review of your at-home dental hygiene routine
  • A deep cleaning

Gingivitis that is not properly diagnosed and treated can worsen and cause serious dental problems. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in gingivitis treatment in Los Angeles.