Preventing Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, afflicts many people in the U.S. It starts out with a small inflammation to the gums (gingivitis), and you may not even notice any symptoms at first. If it progresses to periodontitis, the symptoms will be much more noticeable, such as red, swollen, and bleeding gums, pain with chewing, gums that are receding, and loose (or lost) teeth.
Eliminate the Plaque
Most gum disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque, a sticky film that covers teeth and contains toxic bacteria. While our mouths always have bacteria, the type that is harmful gets it start from carbohydrates contained in foods and beverages. When you consume cakes, pastries, candy, milk, soft drinks and dried fruit, these substances convert to starches and sugars. The normal bacteria, flourishing on these substances, produce acids that begin to break down tooth enamel and foster tooth decay. When the plaque travels under the gum, it threatens the soft tissues and bone as well.
Brushing and flossing daily will get rid of most of it, but not all. Any plaque that is not removed with daily oral hygiene hardens into tartar, and brushing and flossing will not remove it. This is why you should have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year or more. The dentist or hygienist uses instruments to scrape off the hardened plaque and smooth out any rough spots on the root. This can be very effective at stopping gum disease before it gets started.
In addition to home oral hygiene and regular visits, you can also use a mouthwash to further enhance the removal of plaque and food particles that were missed with brushing and flossing.
Other Reasons for Gum Disease
You should realize that other factors could also affect whether you are more prone to gum disease. Age, genetics, diet, medications, and whether or not you use tobacco products can all alter the equation. The healthier you are overall, the better chance you have of preventing periodontal disease.
Systemic Link Gum Disease
There is an increasing amount of evidence showing a link between gum disease and systemic diseases. These ailments occurring in other parts of the body include, but are not necessarily limited to, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, low birth weight, hardening of the arteries, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and even cancer. Maintaining optimum oral health is not only desirable, but critical in helping you achieve overall good health.
Top Quality Periodontists for Healthy Gums
We are proud to be among the top periodontists Beverly Hills has to offer. Dr. Moshrefi and Dr. Daneshmand are board-certified specialists who treat gum disease. Our experienced and skilled staff also uses state-of-the-art computerized equipment to streamline examinations and treatments. We use the most conservative approach to treatment that will produce the best results.
If periodontal disease has progressed to a more severe level, we can perform more aggressive treatment that will stop it and restore your gums, teeth and bone for a healthy, vibrant smile.