Mild forms of gum disease are common. Caused by the growth of plaque and bacteria that irritates the gum line causing your gums to become inflamed or occasionally bleed, gingivitis can be treated fairly simply with better brushing at home, deep cleaning in the dentist’s office, or the use of mouthwash.
Unfortunately if gingivitis goes untreated, it can turn into a more painful, more severe form of gum disease. Often surgery was used to pull back the gum, clean out any and all pockets of bacteria, and then the gums were stitched closely to the teeth. However, now patients in Downtown Los Angeles, CA, have another option with laser gum treatment therapy.
Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental now offers patients a painless procedure using laser to quickly and painlessly decontaminate the gum line of even trace amounts of bacteria. The laser treatment typically precedes a deep cleaning and scaling procedure performed in our office. The laser treatment has been proven to be more effective than antibiotics to eliminate the bad bacteria on your gums and teeth.
The laser treatment, combined with a deep cleaning, ensures that your teeth and gums are clean, all the way down to the roots. It is only when the roots are clean, that we can be sure that your gum disease won’t come back.
Following the removal of the bacteria and elimination of your gum disease it is important to practice good oral care habits at home. Brush after every meal, or at least twice each day. Floss daily and be sure you’re doing it correctly. Ask your dentist if you should use mouthwash and, if so, how often it is recommended. Visit the dentist at least twice each year for a professional cleaning and check up. Regardless of how diligent you are about brushing at home, plaque does build and can only be removed with professional equipment, used by an experienced hygienist.
Dr. Mungcal of Downtown Dental is committed to the health of your mouth. From gum disease to implants, teeth whitening to dental crowns and bridges, he treats each patient as an individual with gentle care, minimally invasive procedures, and state-of-the-art technology. Call today to schedule an appointment.