You might not notice gum disease in its early stages, but left untreated it can lead to tooth loss and even affect other organs, including your heart. Mahnaz Zandi, DDS, MS, at Art of Periodontics in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, is a highly experienced periodontist who can treat your teeth before gum disease causes serious problems, and provide restorative and aesthetic treatments if gum disease has already taken its toll. Call Art of Periodontics today to schedule a checkup with Dr. Zandi or book an appointment online.
Gum disease is a common oral health condition caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth, which then attack the gums. Plaque is a sticky substance that naturally develops on your teeth between brushes. It contains food debris and bacteria, and if it isn’t regularly cleaned away, plaque can harden into tartar.
Gum disease progresses as plaque, tartar, and bacteria fill the sulcus — the space between the tooth and the gum. This irritates the gums, damaging the tooth and in time the bone.
Gum disease causes swollen red gums that bleed easily, and one of the first signs you see when you have gum disease is bleeding when you brush your teeth. However, in the early stages, you might not notice any symptoms at all, as gum disease doesn’t cause pain until its later stages.
Gum disease might not be painful like an infected tooth, but it’s a problem that needs prompt attention if you want to avoid serious outcomes. Potential risks of gum disease include:
Gum disease is also the primary cause of tooth loss.
Dr. Zandi assesses your gums to see how far the gum disease has spread and what damage it’s done. In the early stages, a professional cleaning can resolve the problem straight away. If tartar is forming, a deep cleaning using scaling tools is usually necessary.
When the teeth are clean, you should find that your gums return to normal very quickly. Dr. Zandi can go through your oral hygiene routine with you and advise you how to avoid developing gum disease.
Surgery can help in cases where deep cleaning doesn’t clear up your gum disease.
Good dental hygiene is essential to prevent gum disease. Plaque can turn into tartar within as little as 24 hours, so regular brushing and flossing are vital to preserving the health of your gums.
There are some areas in your mouth where you’ll find it difficult to keep the teeth and gums completely clean, so a regular dental checkup and a professional cleaning are also very important.
If your gums have been bleeding or you have any concerns about the health of your teeth, call Art of Periodontics today or book an appointment online.