Your oral health is more vital than one might realize, and our gums often offer clues about our overall health status. Dr. Daniel Adelpour provides periodontal services by preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum conditions at BLVD Dental Aesthetics in Mid-Wilshire.
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that keeps the gums and other supporting tissues around the teeth healthy, functioning, and beautiful. The main goal of periodontology is to prevent and treat periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum disease starts as a gum infection known as gingivitis. During this initial stage, gingivitis can be reversed through scaling and root planing (deep dental cleaning), habit changes, and close monitoring. But if gingivitis is ignored, it worsens into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can only be managed, not reversed.
When you visit the dentist, it seems like there’s a lot of attention to the teeth. You might have your teeth cleaned, a cavity filled, or your smile whitened. But the state of the gums is just as essential. The following gum disease treatments are designed to keep your gums in tip-top shape and raise the standards in their appearance:
Is periodontal disease preventable?
Even though gum disease is common, it’s avoidable in most cases. The most obtainable and optimal way to prevent periodontal disease is to take care of your teeth and gums. This includes brushing twice daily, flossing at night, and seeing your general dentist every six months. Investing a few moments of your day in preventive measures can prevent gum disease.
What are the classic signs of gum disease?
Generally, gum disease starts as silent, meaning the symptoms might not appear until an advanced stage. However, you can look out for the following common symptoms of periodontal disease:
Still, Dr. Adelpour can tell you if you should worry about gingivitis symptoms or gum disease symptoms at regular dental exams and cleanings.
Is there a connection between gum disease and other diseases?
Over the years, researchers have extensively studied the connection between gum disease and other systemic diseases (like cardiovascular disease and diabetes). Many researchers hypothesize that inflammation is a critical connection to gum disease and other diseases in the body.
Is gum disease contagious?
Theoretically, periodontal disease is caused by bacteria under the gums and an inflammatory reaction in the gingival tissue. The bacteria responsible for periodontal disease are present and can technically spread through saliva. So, if you or are loved one is suffering from the warning signs of gum disease, it’s wise to schedule an appointment with a dentist or periodontist as soon as possible.