When a patient does not care for their dental health properly, they risk developing gum disease. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious matter that can result in the loss of bone, tissue, and teeth. By not caring properly for their oral health, they put themselves at risk for periodontal disease. To minimize damage, it is essential that patients receive prompt diagnosis and treatment for gum disease. LA dentist Dr. Mungcal of Downtown Dental recommends patients visit twice a year to receive a professional cleaning and undergo a full examination to determine if there is a dental concern that needs to be addressed.
Gum disease starts as gingivitis. Gingivitis is often detected due to the redness and inflammation of a patient’s gums, which can result in bleeding during brushing or flossing. These are the first signs of gum disease, and shouldn’t be ignored. As the disease progresses, the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth, bone loss will occur, and patients risk losing their natural teeth as the disease progresses. The only way to address missing teeth is with restorations such as dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Patients should not wait this long to receive treatment, and should participate in more proactive dental care.
When gum disease is detected, Dr. Mungcal will do his best to start the process of cleaning the mouth and removing the bacteria and plaque that are causing the disease to continue. A deep, professional cleaning is often the first line of defense. Root planing and scaling may be necessary to remove all of the infection, as well as antibiotics to help battle the problem from the inside out. Additionally, Dr. Mungcal may recommend Perio Protect, a special treatment to fight off periodontal disease by maintaining healthy gums and teeth to avoid a recurrence. Or recommend to do an Oral DNA test to see specifically what bacterial strain is causing the gum problem so as to strategically target those pathogens with the proper treatment.
Dr. Mungcal of Downtown Dental offers a state-of-the-art facility and an amazing team that can help you reach your dental goals. Patients can experience a personalized approach to dentistry that can help them feel at ease in the dentist’s chair, and in control of their dental health. Call Downtown Dental today to schedule an appointment to ensure that you protect your smile from the dangers of periodontal disease.