Every dentist speaks with their patients about the importance of keeping the smile healthy, but some patients are unsure of the complications of poor oral health and wellness. Granada Hills patients who do not maintain their dental health may be subjected to tooth decay and gum disease.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, oftentimes referred to as periodontal disease, is an infection that can have devastating permanent effects on the smile. At Viva Smile, Drs. Hovsepyan and Baghdasaryan explain to their patients the process in which it develops and how to avoid its development. This infection is caused by poor oral health habits, specifically the lack of brushing and flossing the teeth after meals. Bacteria harbors within the gum tissue and can spread, resulting in the development of gum disease.
Signs of gum disease
Gum disease has many obvious signs and symptoms for patients to note for their next dental visit. They include:
- Bleeding while brushing and/or flossing the teeth
- Red, swollen gum tissue
- Gaps between the gum tissue and the natural teeth
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
When any of these symptoms are present between regularly scheduled dental appointments, patients should contact their dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation and proper diagnosis.
What treatment is available for gum disease?
When gum disease has been diagnosed, patients will work with their dentist to determine the best possible treatment option for their smile. Drs. Hovsepyan and Baghdasaryan and the team of Viva Smile may suggest a thorough cleaning known as scaling and root planing to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Additionally, antibiotics may be used to control the infection and keep it from spreading through the bloodstream to the rest of the body through the oral systemic connection.
Patients who suspect gum disease are encouraged to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with their Granada Hills area dentist for an evaluation. Early intervention is the best way to reduce the likelihood of further issues from periodontitis. Our dentists are available at Viva Smile and can be reached by calling (818) 900-2800 with their practice conveniently located at 17630 Chatsworth Street.
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