Dr. Mungcal and our team at Downtown Dental have been keeping Los Angeles smiling and healthy for more than two decades. We take a proactive approach to periodontal health, with a focus on prevention and early treatment of gum disease.
What is gum disease?
Beginning as mild gingivitis and progressing to periodontitis, gum disease is an infection of tissues surrounding the teeth. It happens when plaque and bacteria infect the gums, separating them from the teeth. Without treatment, it progresses to the ligaments and bone, eventually causing tooth loss.
Don’t wait to seek treatment
The most obvious reason to treat gum disease is to save your teeth. However, that is not the only reason. Eliminating this chronic infection from your body may also:
- Lower your risk of coronary disease: Periodontitis has been linked with an increased risk of heart disease, although a cause-and-effect relationship has not been scientifically established.
- Improve your memory: In psychological studies, adults with healthy gums had better cognitive skills than those with gingivitis.
- Help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes: Untreated gum disease causes systemic inflammation, and it can make blood sugar levels more difficult to control.
- Enjoy the confidence of a beautiful, healthy smile!