Some of our Los Angeles patients are not aware of the details of gum disease and the impact it may have on a person’s overall health. We want to explain in more detail what gum disease is, and what a patient can do to keep gums in good health.
Gum disease is inflammation that forms at or below the gum line, caused by bacteria that is allowed to linger and multiply. This condition may evolve and spread, which can lead to deterioration in oral bone structure. Since this is the bone that provides a foundation for the teeth, gum disease that is left untreated can lead to tooth loss.
The first category of gum disease, gingivitis, occurs when plaque forms, causing inflammation of the gums. Proper brushing and flossing, and professional dental visits for deeper cleaning, are important to prevent gingivitis. If plaque is allowed to remain, it can affect the gum tissue, causing gingivitis. Gingivitis is reversible when properly treated. Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease in which bone begins to be impacted negatively by the spread of infection. Patients at this stage will often develop pockets that hold debris and contribute to the infection. Professional attention can help halt progression at this stage, and good oral hygiene is important, as well. The last stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis. Tissue and bone are being destroyed at this stage, and teeth may become loose and shift, to the point of tooth loss.
Regular visits for exams and cleanings will allow the dentist to detect warning signs early, and be able to help the patient reverse or halt progression of gum disease, depending on the stage of disease. Dr. Don Mungcal invites people in the Downtown Los Angeles area to schedule an appointment with Downtown Dental for preventative care. Any of the following symptoms should lead to a prompt call for a dental visit, as well: red, swollen, or bleeding gums, receding gums, continuous bad breath or bad taste in the mouth, or loose teeth.
With regular and attentive care, gum disease can be prevented, and healthy, natural teeth and oral structure preserved. We hope to establish a long-lasting relationship with our valued patients that will allow us to contribute to a better quality of life. Call us today and let us demonstrate how our comprehensive care can be beneficial for you.
Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan