Do I Have Gum Disease?

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A simple question, but one that few people could answer. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control show that half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some stage of periodontal disease. Lack of treatment to manage the disease could mean major complications, including tooth loss! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will look at the common warning signs of gum disease.

Warning Signs of Periodontal Treatment

The disease starts as inflammation, also known as gingivitis. When the gums become inflamed, they begin to feel sore, appear redder than usual, and could bleed when you brush and floss. Unless action is taken to reverse gingivitis, then the inflammation could grow more severe. The tissues could pull away from the teeth and form deep periodontal pockets. Once bacteria enter these exposed pockets, the disease could form. The disease cannot be cured, but treatments necessary to prevent periodontitis, the later stage of the disease linked to adult tooth loss. Good gum health is crucial for a whole and healthy smile.

Preventive Actions

How do you avoid issues like gingivitis and gum disease? First, make sure you care for your smile each day. Simple actions to remove stray food particles could control plaque buildup and reduce the risk of severe inflammation. You should brush your teeth when you wake up and once more before bed for about two minutes, and use a fluoride toothpaste too. Even more vital, you need to floss up and down each side of every tooth before bed, dipping below the gum line when you do, which removes trapped food particles. Try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks which would feed harmful bacteria and lead to plaque. Avoid tobacco products too, as this could increase the severity of your gum tissues.

Possible Treatment Options

For the early stages of the disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning removes plaque and tartar from both the teeth and the roots. We also have gum grafting and periodontal pocket reduction treatments as well, which helps manage the disease and protect your smile’s health, stability, and beauty. If you have any questions about preventing and managing issues like gingivitis and periodontal disease, then contact our team today. Remember, acting now means you have an opportunity to use any leftover dental insurance benefits before they expire at the end of December, so you can start 2021 with a healthier smile!

Do You Have Questions About Gum Disease?

At Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc, we want to make sure you continue to enjoy a whole and healthy smile by avoiding gum disease and related complications. Contact our Los Angeles, CA office today by calling (310) 446-4867 to learn more about treating periodontal issues.