Periodontal (Gum) Disease

At some point in your life, you will likely experience some form of periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this condition is caused by inflammation of the gums and tissues surrounding your teeth. Recognized and treated in its early stages, periodontal disease is easily reversed; left untreated, you could lose your teeth.

Periodontal disease risk factors

A number of risk factors can increase the chance of developing gum disease:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking, including vaporless cigarettes
  • Family history
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes and other medical conditions
  • Especially crooked teeth
  • Certain medications

Gingivitis vs Periodontitis

Gingivitis, the early stage, affects the surface of the gums. The gums become red, swollen and may bleed when brushing or eating. Careful daily brushing and flossing will get rid of the bacteria and plaque causing the disease and restore healthy gums. Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is not properly cared for, causing damage to the deeper parts of the gums, teeth and bone. Bacteria get trapped in “periodontal pockets,” causing bone loss; eventually teeth become loose and may need to be removed.

ADA recommendations for preventing periodontal disease

Gallery Dental Arts suggests following the American Dental Association’s recommendations to prevent periodontal disease. Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and use floss or an interdental cleaner. Limit between meal snacks, and if you smoke, quit. And be sure to make regularly scheduled visits to your dentist for teeth cleaning and oral examinations.

Contact Gallery Dental Arts as soon as you notice any sign of periodontal disease. Getting treatment early can help save your teeth for a lifetime of smiles!

We invite you to call today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Boyajian, one of Beverly Hills’ premier cosmetic, general and holistic dentists. It would be our pleasure to serve you.

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