In the quest for a beautiful smile, an often overlooked but very important aspect is gum health. Healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth and may ultimately affect one’s overall health, as well. Dr. Don Mungcal and the staff of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles help their patients maintain healthy gums and teeth through care provided during regular office visits and communicating instructions for a patient’s personal care between visits.
Dr. Mungcal will examine and evaluate each patient individually so that specific needs may be addressed. By being educated regarding things that affect gum health, patients are empowered to contribute to their own continued health, as well. Gum health may be impacted by things such as:
- Improper dental hygiene, which leads to bacteria and plaque on teeth
- Hormonal changes
- Illnesses and diseases
- Systemic medications
- Habits such as smoking and choices in eating
- Family history
Guidelines are in place for optimal oral health, and when put into practice, they will go a long way towards maintaining healthy gums. Not only to preserve teeth, but also to maintain healthy gums, everyone should brush twice a day, and floss to remove food and plaque where a toothbrush may not reach. An oral rinse or antiseptic mouthwash may be recommended, as well. Making healthy food choices is a positive step towards good oral health, as well as overall health. Patients are reminded to eat a variety of healthy foods and limit unhealthy snacking. As mentioned, regular dental visits are essential to keep the mouth tartar buildup at bay and to allow the dentist to catch any problems early. The sooner an issue is detected, the easier and faster it can be resolved.
Because gum disease can put a patient at greater risk for not only dental but other health problems, it is important that gums be healthy. Contact our offices today with any concerns you may have with your oral health. If you’re not aware of any issues, now is a great time to schedule a routine exam to be sure that health is maintained. With our combined efforts, you’ll be on the path that leads to the healthy gums and teeth, and that means a beautiful smile.
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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!