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.
About gum disease
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.
The Downtown Dental difference
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.
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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!