Healthy, pink gums enhance your smile and contribute to fresh breath. They also play an important role in oral health and overall wellness. Gums act as a barrier to keep harmful bacteria away from the support structures of teeth and out of the body. Dr. Don Mungcal and his hygiene team at Downtown Dental in LA take pride in providing the highest level of periodontal care.
Bacteria flourish in the mouth. They feed on sugars and starches in food debris, excreting acids that irritate gum tissue. Gums lose their tight seal to teeth, allowing bacteria to invade deeper. If the sticky film of plaque is not brushed and flossed away regularly, it hardens into calculus (tartar) at the gum line. This irritates gums more.
Eventually, the condition attacks bone and ligaments that hold teeth in place. Teeth get loose and fall out or must be extracted. Some of the bacteria associated with gingivitis and periodontitis are linked to coronary heart disease and other serious illnesses.
Most dentists remove build-up of calculus, hoping that this will eliminate bacteria. Dr. Mungcal and his team instead focus on controlling harmful bacteria. Why? As much as 11 percent of the bacterial strains associated with periodontal disease are resistant to home hygiene and professional cleaning.
Dr. Mungcal uses two tests to determine your unique oral environment. He analyzes a tiny specimen under a microscope. Then he has a sophisticated DNA test performed on a saliva sample. One he has identified the specific bacteria causing your gum disease, he prescribes appropriate medications to eradicate them.
This scientific approach enhances the results of deep cleaning, and is more effective than scaling and root planing or surgical treatment alone.
Your healthy gums begin with care from the Downtown Dental team in LA. Call now 213-863-9464.