Swollen Gums Sign of Gum Disease

If you’ve ever experienced swollen gums, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Fortunately, there are several easy ways you can address gum tenderness and reduce your risk of serious gum disease.

Inflamed gums, or gingivitis, can cause havoc on your oral health if you ignore it long enough. But the truth about mild gum swelling is that it is quite reversible. If you notice bleeding or puffy gums, there is a strong possibility you have gingivitis. There are several steps you can follow to stop this disease in its tracks.

Kick up your oral hygiene- Brush twice daily and floss daily to effectively clean your gums. Mouthwash will also go a long way in targeting those hard to reach areas.
Schedule regular cleanings- Our dentist will closely monitor your teeth and gums to remove any tartar present. Our expert in periodontics in LA will also make sure that there are no major warning signs, such as pockets forming between the teeth and gums.
Quit smoking- tobacco products can cause severe harm to teeth and gums. Removing this poor habit from your life will greatly reduce gum irritation.

Avoid sweets- excessive intake of sugary foods can create the perfect breeding ground for plaque to form.

Call our office for more information about gum disease or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.

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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.

What Does a Periodontist Do?

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Despite the fact that our teeth and surrounding elements are so strong, a lot can go wrong in the mouth. Teeth can become infected or damaged, our jaws can begin to hurt, and our bites can be off. Fortunately, there are many different types of dentists that specialize in the different components of oral health. Periodontists, for example, are experts in preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease.

Patients who visit our San Francisco periodontist will have their gum checked thoroughly. We examine for gumline recession, loose teeth, and any bite issues. The periodontal pockets are located in between the teeth and gums, and a probing instrument can check these areas for inflammation. X-rays may also be necessary in order to inspect the bone below the gums.

There are more than three million cases of periodontal disease reported per year. You may be suffering from periodontitis if your gums are swollen, uncharacteristically red, receding, or bleeding. Other symptoms include bad breath, toothaches, or loose teeth. There are several methods employed to treat the disease, beginning with scaling a root planning or a root surface debridement.

Periodontists are also experts in the placement of dental implants, further ensuring your continued oral health.

Periodontal Treatment Options

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Our dentist offers several periodontal treatments, ensuring that a solution is available at any stage of gum disease. While very early periodontitis may respond to improved oral hygiene, advanced cases sometimes call for surgery. Here are our respective treatments for mild, moderate, and severe gum disease.

Deep Cleaning

Also known as scaling and root planing, this treatment involves using special tools to clear bacteria out of the periodontal pockets, which develop in the gums by the tooth roots. Deep cleaning may be recommended when gingivitis is too severe for routine cleaning to be a sufficient solution.

Gum Flap Surgery

This procedure is also used to remove plaque and bacteria from the tooth roots. Unlike deep cleaning, however, this procedure uses incisions to reach areas that are otherwise inaccessible.

Tissue Grafting

For patients whose gum disease has damaged their oral soft tissues and bone, our dentist in East Los Angeles may recommend tissue grafting. Instead of treating the periodontitis directly, this procedure aids recovery by spurring regrowth of the tissues that support the teeth.

The options listed here can help stop and reverse gum disease, a condition that can cause tooth loss, as well as other serious complications in the mouth and throughout the body. At a consultation with our expert in periodontal treatments in East Los Angeles, you can have your gum health assessed and learn more about these procedures.