Gum Disease

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The Smile Artists

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Culver City, CA

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is extremely common and an epidemic affecting more than half of all adults! You can be rest assured with the help of our dental health professionals At The Smile Artists in Culver City, California, we will do everything we can to get your smile to its healthiest. We treat gum disease, maintain gum health, and provide preventive gum care. If you want healthy gums again or you want to keep them healthy, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Gum Disease Q & A

What Is Gum Disease?

Your gums should never hurt or bleed! The lack of brushing and flossing or not cleaning your teeth with the proper techniques will encourage a mouthful of negative bacteria, plaque and tartar or calculus. If negative bacteria, plaque and tartar are not removed, it can lead to gum disease and tooth loss.

Once the negative bacteria begin to destroy your gums, your gums can become tender, puffy or even bloody. This early gum disease stage is called gingivitis.

Eventually, the negative bacteria can spread from your gums into your teeth and jaw bones. This will lead to further destruction of your gums and now bone loss. Loosing too much gum and bone, will cause your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out! In these moderate to severe gum disease stages, the condition is called periodontitis.

At The Smile Artists, your dental hygienist can help you prevent this from happening by catching the disease before it progresses and treating your existing symptoms. The key in preventing and maintaining gum disease is routine teeth cleanings in conjunction with at-home dental care.

How Can I Tell If I Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease is sneaky… you may feel fine now but when it creeps up and the symptoms begin it can get painful to eat and worse progress to the loss of teeth. Your dental health professionals at The Smile Artists can diagnose your condition before you even see or feel any symptoms. First signs of gingivitis show up as:

  • Puffy or inflamed gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Pus around teeth
  • Pain

 

If untreated in the early stages of gum disease, the infection advances to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease destroys bone around teeth and the jaws, ultimately, causing:

  • Tooth loss
  • Shifting teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Pain

 

With gum disease treatments, maintenance, and prevention, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing these serious symptoms. With routine cleanings at The Smile Artists combine with proper at-home dental care, you can even eliminate developing gum disease altogether!

Can My Gum Disease Be Treated?

Yes! If you have gum disease, your dental hygienist at The Smile Artists provides a number of treatments to help treat and preserve the health of your smile. Treatments for infection of gum disease can include:

  • more frequent teeth cleanings
  • Laser treatments
  • Root planning and Deep cleaning
  • Antimicrobial medication

 

You can keep gum disease in check with teeth cleanings and a proper brushing and flossing regimen. Furthermore, good lifestyle habits of not smoking or chewing tobacco and a healthy diet that is low in sugar will also help keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

If you are worried about developing gum disease, or if your smile isn’t looking so bright, call or schedule an appointment online with The Smile Artists today.


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