Keeping a healthy mouth is important for many reasons. First, a beautiful smile is usually a reflection of a healthy mouth. However, a healthy mouth, one that doesn’t have tooth decay and gum disease, is also important for your overall health. Many patients understand the causes and treatments of tooth decay but are not as educated about gum disease. Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles helps his patients understand treatment for gingivitis and gum disease.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease occurs when bacteria is trapped beneath the gums and they become infected. While there is no cure for gum disease, it can be treated and managed, particularly when it is caught as gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease.
Symptoms of gingivitis
Many patients believe that spots of blood while brushing or flossing their teeth is common and not of concern. While it may happen to many people, it’s also the first sign that your gums are infected. Other symptoms of gingivitis include swollen gums, darkness or discoloration of the gums, bad breath, and gums that are sore or beginning to recede.
Treatment for gingivitis
In most cases, gingivitis can be treated quickly and effectively using one or several of the following:
- Professional dental cleaningto remove all traces of plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the gums. A deeper form of this procedure is called scaling and root planing. Your dental hygienist will use professional tools to remove tartar and bacteria from the tooth surfaces and below the gum line. This keeps the bacteria from coming back and ensures proper healing.
- Dental restorationto adjust teeth or dental appliances that may irritate the gums or make it hard to brush and floss away plaque and bacteria.
- Oral surgery may be required if the gingivitis is beginning to progress into periodontitis. In this case, the gums will be pulled back and the infection will be completely removed. Next, the dentist will suture the gums tightly into place to prevent the infection from coming back.
For more information about gingivitis symptoms or treatment, call Downtown Dental at 213-863-9464.
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Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan
As the cornerstone and founder of Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal
is a proactive and exceptionally talented dentist who is determined to contribute to the health and wellbeing of his community by attending to their dental care needs.
With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal
makes it his responsibility to be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.
graduated from UCLA
and the University of the Pacific Dental School
and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society
Dr. Tara Mavadat
was always passionate about dentistry and is committed to helping patients achieve excellent oral health and beautiful smiles that last long. Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, she focuses on comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive dentistry. Her primary goals are to provide comfort and quality as well as exceptional esthetic outcomes to every patient.
Dr. Ivan Chan
is enthusiastic about dentistry and his patients' oral health and is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. He is a highly skilled dentist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr. Chan has extensive training in general dentistry. He focuses on creating lasting smiles while attempting to prevent gum disease and cavities. He looks forward to assisting you with all your needs while assuring you that your trust is always in good hands, regardless of your needs!