Los Angeles gum disease specialist helps patients understand the condition better


Dr. Don Mungcal of Los Angeles, CA
There are several oral conditions that are preventable, including gum disease and tooth decay. When patients in Los Angeles, CA visit Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental, they are encouraged to ask their dentist about how they can properly care for their smile to avoid the development of these types of issues. A specialist can advise patients on how to care for their teeth and gums to reduce their risk of developing periodontal disease and other issues that may negatively impact the smile.

What is periodontal disease?

Also known as gum disease, Dr. Don Mungcal describes periodontal disease as an infection caused by bacteria. These bacteria cause an infection of the gum tissue that then spreads throughout the body through the oral systemic connection. This means that patients may not only deal with the infection in their mouth, but elsewhere in their body. In fact, patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease are often at a much higher risk of developing issues such as heart disease and experiencing a stroke. This infection needs to be diagnosed as early as possible for successful treatment.

Who is at risk for periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a risk for everyone. By not properly caring for the smile by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist, patients may begin to develop gum disease. Once the infection begins, it cannot be cured. Instead, it may be controlled. This is the reason it is so important to take care of the smile to avoid the development of the condition in the first place.

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How does periodontal disease form?

This condition is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria has the chance to develop when patients eat and drink foods and beverages, but do not properly clean the teeth and gums afterwards. This means that plaque and tartar are collecting on the surfaces of the teeth and soft tissues. Without treatment, patients can experience the later stages of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. This is when the gum tissues begin to recede, bone loss occurs, and patients may notice loose teeth. At this point, the smile may need extensive rehabilitation with the use of tooth replacements and gum grafting to bring the smile back to a healthier state.

What can be done for periodontal disease?

Dr. Don Mungcal and his team provide diagnosis.
The first step in treating periodontal disease is getting a proper diagnosis by a dentist. Dr. Don Mungcal and his team provide diagnosis. The smile is physically evaluated to look for the signs of periodontal disease. The dentist then determines the stage the condition has reached. This may include evaluating the level of bacteria in the saliva. If bacteria exist, the dentist may administer antibiotics directly onto the surfaces of the tissue or may prescribe oral antibiotics. A thorough cleaning is performed, and may include scaling and root planing for the later stages. Patients may then be advised to visit the dentist frequently for treatment and to monitor the condition, ensuring that it is improving. This requires patients to take proper care of their smile at home, brushing and flossing as advised to help restore the smile to health while controlling the condition with the assistance of a dental team.

Is periodontal disease contagious?

Because the bacteria in the mouth can be spread through saliva, the condition can be contagious when family members kiss or share oral health products. Just like any bacteria, it can spread to others in this manner, so contact with the mouth of other individuals with periodontal disease should be avoided to reduce the risk of contracting periodontal disease from another.

Interested in learning more about periodontal disease?

Our team of professionals at Downtown Dental are here to provide an education in oral health and wellness. If you are ready to speak to a professional about periodontal disease or other conditions that can be prevented with the help of a dental team, contact us at (213) 863-9464 to schedule a consultation appointment and evaluation. We are conveniently located in downtown Los Angeles, CA at 55 South Grand Avenue in Suite 204.

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"I am a legit Patient at this practice. The Doctor is amazing - educated, skilled and patient. Allison, my Dental Hygienist, is really friendly, knowledgeable and proactive about her patients' oral health. In my experience, the office staff at Downtown Dental is always professional, friendly, and thoughtful about my time. Plus, they offer reasonable financing! If you're honest about your budget (for people like me who don't have dental insurance), they can often work with you to stay within budget. I also learned that they use the best equipment in their field and staff gets training often on new dental techniques. If you are someone who works, resides or likes to visit Downtown - this is an especially excellent place to see the dentist periodically.

Downtown Dental is a fantastic Dental practice in the heart of the city. They are located near LA's Cultural hub of museums, concert halls and the like (The Broad, MOCA + more ). But don't let all that (magic) discourage you from making your appointment, because traffic is usually very smooth on Grand and getting in and out of their secure and validated parking lot (in their building) is a breeze. They also have 2 e-car charging stations if that's how you roll. If you work in DTLA, like many, you can even get a lunchtime cleaning!

Sidebar: The office is located inside a gorgeous apartment building, full of high end furnishings, accentuated with stunning street art. You may have even passed by & seen the Subway flags at street level- the dental office is right upstairs. It's worth a try, especially if you want great oral health, love art, culture and the city!"
"Still the best I've ever been to! The entire staff is more than knowledgeable & helpful!

Don't waste your time going to other places, this dentist & his team are your best bet!

They are courteous, flexible, and above all: PROFESSIONAL."
"What an amazing staff and dental team!!

I had four front crowns and 2 root canals done all in about 3 hours! It was pain free! Dr Mungcal was fast and I didn't feel a thing! People compliment my teeth all the time! ...Little do they know they're fake! Very grateful!!! I am in Invisalign now and love how it stopped me from clenching and grinding my teeth! My teeth and gums are healthy because of all the amazing dental work they have done and continue to do!! Oh ...And they offered nitrous which made the whole experience awesome! Go here if you want dental work done right!!"
"Downtown dental made my cavity experience as painless as possible, and the technology they use is so up to date and accurate.

The staff are also very friendly and know the best habits for having a healthy mouth.
So glad I started going here!"
"Absolutely the best dental office! In all reality I used to hate going to the dentist I would cancel my appointments at my old Drs office all the time !! But the Hygienists and the staff in general are so welcoming and make you wanna keep coming back. They are always ready to deliver and Allison did an amazing job on my teeth cleaning thank you for that"
"This review is long overdue. I've been a patient at downtown dental since 2005 and have had nothing but positive experiences. I've had quite a bit of dental work and when I had a cracked crown recently, they scheduled me the next day and replaced it at no charge. They would have scheduled me that day but sadly, I'm no longer a patient as I've moved to NorCal. I felt like they really went out of the way to accommodate me and I appreciate that! Thanks guys!!"
"Great practice, the doctors and assistants are very professional, helpful and pleasant. They make dental appointments almost enjoyable...not something I thought possible!

Katie the hygienist is not only gentle, professional and very professional but also inspiring. She makes you want to have the best gums in Los Angeles.

Thank you guys!"
"The team at Downtown Dental are the best! They have done both an implant and Invisalign for me. They keep me informed about all the steps and always get me in and out quickly! I love that they can do everything right in their own offices too."
"My story is: I chipped a took eating cereal! Who does that!?! (The cereal was crunchy I'll admit). I went to Downtown Dental and Dr. Mungcal evaluated my situation and realized my bite needed to be adjusted. I grind my teeth at night also so the combination of it all was wearing my teeth down. He recommended invisalign to align my bite. I was hesitant because it's pricey but...trust me...it was SO WORTH IT!!! 8 months later, my bite is fixed and aligned and my teeth are straighter which is a bonus! I am only 34 and I want to keep my teeth healthy and strong for a long time! Dr. Mungcal and the entire staff are amazing and took GREAT care of me. You can rest assured you will be taken care of by them!"
"Came to downtown dental with my husband for his first dental implant. He was very nervous on getting this procedure done.. From his experience he said the staff were super friendly made him feel very welcomed..the dentist made his procedure quick and painless my husband didn't even need his medication for the swelling or pain ... Highly recommend... We Will be coming here from now on for our dental needs."

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