Periodontal disease, which many people recognize as gum disease, is one of the most common conditions to affect adults’ long-term oral health. It begins as an infection in your periodontal tissues, or gums, and over time, it can gradually erode these tissues and the oral structures around them. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be prevented, despite how frequently it occurs. It can also be effectively controlled if it does develop, allowing you to avoid many of the potentially serious consequences that can result from its progression.
The cause of it is more common than you know
One of the reasons why periodontal disease develops so frequently is because it can do so before you even realize it, and its cause is something that’s always present. Like other chronic oral health concerns, including progressive tooth decay, periodontal disease is a product of harmful oral bacteria. Certain kinds of them tend to accumulate on your gum line, and can release harmful toxins that irritate and infect your gums. It doesn’t take long for this infection, known as gingivitis, to becomes increasingly worse and cause more significant damage to your gums, leading to the problems associated with more developed periodontal disease.
Prevention means keeping your smile clean
The source of periodontal disease development is the buildup of oral bacteria-rich plaque that builds up on your teeth and gums constantly. Therefore, the most important aspect of preventing periodontal disease is preventing the excessive accumulation of these bacteria, which requires consistently good dental hygiene every day and regular preventive care from your dentist. Keeping your smile consistently clean of oral bacteria is also the key to preventing many other oral health concerns that could grow increasingly more severe when left untreated.
If your gums have already become diseased
Preventing periodontal disease can be more successful than you realize if you take consistently good care of your smile. However, if you’ve already developed gum disease and prevention is no longer an option, the next important step is to have your condition diagnosed and managed as soon as possible. With personalized, ongoing periodontal maintenance, we can help ensure that your periodontal disease remains under control and is unable to progress or cause further damage to your oral structures.
Learn how to prevent or treat periodontal disease
Periodontal disease can become a significant threat if it develops and progresses. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent it or treat it successfully. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Los Angeles, CA, today at (310) 446-GUMS (4867). We also proudly serve patients living in Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Century City, Encino, and all surrounding communities.