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Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, involved the infection of the gums which can often lead to the steady destruction of you natural teeth. Gum disease is caused by plaque which can irritate gums. Some individuals can be more prone to developing periodontal disease due to life habits or due to genetics. Our Encino dentist, Dr. Cerveny, specializes in gum disease treatment to help avoid further deterioration of your oral health.

What happens if periodontal (gum) disease is left untreated?

The beginning stages of periodontal disease include swollen and red gums that are prone to easy bleeding. If left untreated, the gums can begin to separate from teeth, creating pockets where tartar can begin to build both above and below the gum line. Teeth can begin to be lost past this point. We suggest visiting our dentist in Encino as soon as possible if you suspect that you have periodontal disease.

Factors that can affect your gum health include:

  • Use of tobacco
  • Patients with diabetes
  • Heavy stress
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Medications
  • Poor nutrition

How is periodontal (gum) disease prevented?

The very best way to prevent periodontal disease is by practicing excellent oral care, which includes brushing and flossing thoroughly, every day. Additionally, it is important to visit our dentist in Encino regularly for professional cleanings.

Periodontal disease is common. Up to 80% of Americans will experience damage to teeth, gums and jawbone cause by gum disease by the age of 45! Additionally, three out of four adults will be affected by periodontal disease in their lifetime. Don’t be ashamed if you feel you have gum disease. Many patients will still develop the condition, regardless of their oral care habits.

Call our Encino dental office today for more information on periodontal (gum) disease or to schedule an appointment. Our dentist is ready to help you!

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