Periodontal Disease and Your Oral Health
Most people don’t realize how common periodontal disease is. In fact, 3 out of 4 adults have some form of the disease. Early detection and treatment by a Periodontist are extremely important. Here are some frequently asked questions.
What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums which is caused by a film of bacteria that coats everyone’s teeth.
The bacteria organize to form a film called “plaque”. If plaque is not removed through daily cleaning, it produces toxins that eventually destroy gum tissues, causing the tissues to separate from the tooth and form deepened spaces called “pockets”.
In the advanced stages of the disease, the bone and soft tissues, which support the teeth, are destroyed and may cause the teeth to become loose, fall out or have to be removed by the dentist.
How can I tell if I have gum disease?
• Gums that bleed during brushing/flossing
• Red, swollen or tender gums
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
• Persistent bad breath
• Loose or separating teeth
To better assist you, please call us to schedule a free consultation to evaluate your gums.
Available at our Los Angeles dental offices conveniently located in Beverly Hills, Barstow, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Valencia, West Hills, and Burbank.