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.

  • Dr. Don Mungcal
  • Dr. Elizabeth Loftus
  • Dr. Mary Senstad
  • Dr. Tara Mavadat
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.

Dr. Mungcal 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. Elizabeth Loftus is a qualified dentist from Sacramento who truly loves the art of dentistry and helping people with their oral health and dental needs. She pursued her higher education at USC, where her initial area of focus was biomedical engineering.

However, after an internship undertaken at a dental office, she came to the realization that dentistry was her true calling, and then onwards dedicated her time and energy to serving dental care patients to the best of her ability.

She is an advocate for positive dental experiences for her patients and making sure they always are relaxed and calm whenever they undergo dental procedures.

Dr. Mary Senstad had always wanted to be a dentist and achieved her dream with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University, AZ. Preventive and comprehensive general dentistry is her focus and she performs all dental procedures in a gentle manner to help patients feel comfortable while achieving their healthy smiles. She is committed to building strong relationships with patients and promoting trust and communication as the foundation for excellent dental care.

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.

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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!
The staff is very knowledgeable and professional. My experience here is always great! Couldn't be happier
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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