Los Angeles dentist helps patients address gum disease

Dentist Who Helps Patients Address Gum Disease Near Me In Los Angeles, CA

Have you ever brushed your teeth and noticed a little bit of blood in the sink? That is a common sign of gum disease but one that most people overlook. Dr. Mungcal is a trusted Los Angeles dentist who has helped many patients address gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems. He helps patients learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for gum disease. Here’s an easy way to remember it: Healthy Gums Don’t Bleed!

According to a recent study from the CDC, 47.2% of adults aged 30 years old and older have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease increases with age. 70.1% of adults 65 years old and older have periodontal disease.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease starts with bacteria in the mouth. We all have it! The bacteria can be found on the plaque on your teeth and begins to feed on that plaque/build-up, causing it to swell. That is when most individuals notice that their gums will bleed while brushing. That leads to gingivitis – inflamed gums. If not addressed at this stage, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis (gum disease) as the gum begins to pull away from the teeth, forming an open pocket that continues to damage both the gums and the teeth.

What causes gum disease?

Plaque is the typical cause of gum disease; however, it can also be caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause, illness such as diabetes, medications that decrease the amount of saliva in the mouth, and family history.

Symptoms of gum disease

Gum disease can begin and progress without causing pain or any apparent signs. However, specific symptoms often point to a form of gum disease, including:

  • Bleeding, red, sore, or inflamed gums
  • Gums that are receding
  • Bad breath that will not go away
  • Teeth that feel loose or are beginning to shift
  • Changes in your bite or the way dentures or other oral appliances fit

If you notice one or more of these symptoms, call your dentist for an oral exam. Your dentist will do an exam to check for bleeding or swelling of the gums, tooth movement, proper alignment or sensitivity, and the health of your jawbone.

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Treatment for gum disease

If you do have gum disease, it is essential to know that it can be treated. However, the earlier gum disease is caught, the easier and faster the treatment will be.

  • Treating gingivitis usually includes things like a professional cleaning by a trained hygienist and better oral health care habits at home – flossing and using an electric toothbrush. Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic mouthwash to kill the bacteria in your mouth.
  • Treatment for more advanced stages of periodontitis can include a deeper cleaning of the teeth and gums in which the gums are lifted away from the teeth, and the pockets are thoroughly cleaned, removing all plaque/tartar build-up. We are now incorporating a brand new laser treatment process for folks with gum disease. Other treatments can include gum grafting to restore areas of the gum that may have receded.
  • Regularly scheduled cleanings. The old standard was every six months. Recent studies are now showing that certain strains of bacteria can return in as little as 30 days. The new standard is soon to become every 3-4 months for a cleaning.

Our staff is thoroughly equipped to get you started on the road to total oral health. For more information about gum disease, call Downtown Dental at 213-863-9464.

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I actually owe a debt to Downtown Dental because they caught my oral cancer. I went to them because I had a bump on my tongue and thankfully they ordered a biopsy immediately (same day). The staff has been wonderful to me (even sending me a get well card during my cancer treatment). They do great work - the crowns are made in the office to save you time - and they are very upfront on pricing. You know exactly what you will pay. They are also very flexible on appointments. And they validate parking! They also have taken COVID precautions very seriously. Very professional and well-organized. Highly recommend them.
The staff here on its own deserves the five stars. Everyone is so friendly and take there time to get to know you as a patient. There very easy to work with on what’s best for you in the long run with insurance and dental care. On top of them making you feel comfortable, you can tell that they actually care about you and your dental health. The parking is also super easy and they validate so you don’t have to pay. I’d highly recommend coming here!
I am so glad I came to Downtown Dental. From the moment I walked into the office I was met with a smile and a warm welcome. During my first visit, a dental plan was made for me and they got to work right away. I have never experienced such attention to detail and such excellent customer service at a dental office. During my root canal procedure and fillings everyone was extremely helpful and constantly making sure I was comfortable. Since then, I am encouraging everyone to check out Downtown Dental, they really are amazing.
Best experience I have ever had in 40 plus years of Dentist visits. Crazy friendly people, every last one of them. Such a pleasant experience. If you need a Dentist this is the place to go. The Doctor is awesome as well.
This place has been my dentist my whole life and I won't consider going anywhere else. Everyone is nice and accommodating and the doctor knows his stuff. I just had pinhole gum rejuvenation surgery and the results are awesome. The staff really looks out for your best interest and the doctor will assure you have a great smile...pain free too..
If your looking for a Dental office that does good quality and precise work . With care and a gentle touch . then Downtown Dental is the place for you ! I got an extraction here and they made me feel comfortable and always checked to see how I was feeling and doing ! Dr. Mungcal is easily one of the best dentist in LA.
Most updated equipment ive ever seen in a dental office, pain less wisdom teeth extraction and comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr.Mungcal, Lali and the entire staff make a great team!! Thank you Downtown Dental!!
Amazing staff, efficient, professional, and all around incredible! We love the technology they have right in their office making our appointments time effective. Dr. Mungcal and his crew are amazing!
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I have been going to downtown dental for years and I just can't recommend them enough. Priyam and Sussie are extra amazing, as is the entire team there!
Absolutely amazing experience at Downtown Dental! The staff is so kind and really welcome you in. Overall the dental care has been incredible and I highly, highly recommend coming here for any dental need.

Oral Cancer Screening Video

Oral Cancer Screening Video
Every patient at Downtown Dental undergoes a thorough check for oral cancer and other dental health issues. This video shows how it’s done. Transcript
Here at downtown Dental, we take oral health and cancer screenings very serious. This month is November and it's the month of oral health cancer awareness and screenings. Every patient we examined thoroughly, we look and we check their lips, tongue and we check for any abnormalities or bumps. At home you should also check to make sure that everything looks okayLeava is going to demonstrate what in oral health cancer screening is and what we examine. So, we first start off by checking all the lips. We make sure that the lips look healthy and that we palpate them, which is touching them and making sure that there's nothing anormal. Then we go into the mucosa and check the cheeks. We're going to look and check the hard palate as well as the soft palate. This might tickle a little. We checked the posterior of the tongue. Do you, Viola, go ahead and say, aaaaaa. We check the lateral sides of the tongue. Go ahead and sit your tongue showed up great. And we also check the floor of the mouth. Get the tongue to the roof of your mouth. Good all clear. Oral cancer is especially important to check the patients who are smokers, alcohol drinkers and we thank you for watching the video.

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