Is Gum Disease Contagious? If Yes, What are the Treatment Options?
At Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, California, we interact with many patients, but sometimes we get interesting questions that baffle us or makes us think twice. Questions such as – My boyfriend has been diagnosed with gingivitis; will I contract it if we kiss?
At first, it may sound like a silly question, but it’s an important question when you really think about it. Is gum disease contagious? Let’s see what causes gum disease and whether it can spread from one person to another to find out the truth.
Gum disease explained
Gum disease occurs due to plaque buildup that attracts bacteria, which inflames the gums. Gum disease starts as a mild form of gingivitis characterized by gum swelling and bleeding while brushing. If left untreated, gingivitis advances to full-blown gum disease, resulting in the loosening of gums, leading to tooth loss.
Is gum disease contagious?
Technically, gum disease isn’t contagious, but the bacteria that causes the inflammation can be transmitted through saliva. That said, through activities like kissing, sharing utensils, and drinking with the same cup, you can pass the periodontal disease to your loved ones!
The unfortunate thing about periodontal disease is that it’s subtle until the condition becomes severe. No wonder an estimated 85% of American citizens have gum disease, but they are yet to realize it! Fortunately, when gum disease strikes, we have therapies to restore your health.
Gum disease treatment options
Gum disease may sound like a distant ailment until it hits home. Luckily, when it comes knocking on your doors, Dr. Mungcal can treat periodontal disease using the options below:
- Deep Cleaning: The object of this treatment is to remove tartar and plaque buildup below the gum line to discourage bacteria growth.
- Laser therapy: When a more aggressive approach is needed to correct gum disease, we use laser therapy that is safe, minimally invasive, and painless.
- Antibiotic therapy: We use oral and topical antibiotics to bring the bacterial infection under control.
- Perio Protect Method®: We use custom trays to deliver medications deep below your gums. Patients can comfortably use this treatment at home for about 15 minutes a day.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease in Los Angeles, CA
If you suspect that you or your loved one has gum disease, don’t wait it out – it will only get worse. Instead, dial 213-863-9464 to book an appointment with Downtown Dental for gum disease treatment.