Our teeth are often the first thing people notice. When they are properly maintained, patients are rewarded with an appealing smile. Gums, on the other hand, are sometimes overlooked because they do not play an aesthetic role in our appearance. However, they are foundational to oral health, and if proper care is neglected, a beautiful smile can be placed in jeopardy.
Dental visits with Dr. Steven F. Stanley include a thorough assessment of your gum health as part of our comprehensive care. Our dedicated team proudly offers periodontal treatment to patients in Los Angeles, including the communities of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Mid-Wilshire.
Avoid Gingivitis with Proper Oral Health Care
Bacteria cause damage to teeth, but can also contribute to inflammation of the gums as well. Gum inflammation results in swelling, redness, and bleeding, particularly after brushing or flossing.
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and can be reversed with immediate dental care. A disciplined attention to brushing, flossing, and using antiseptic mouthwash can help eliminate signs of gingivitis. Seeing a dentist routinely for professional exams and cleanings ensures that harmful bacteria are removed before damaging your teeth and gums.
When not properly cleaned from teeth, bacteria form into a substance called plaque, which is sticky and releases acids that corrode teeth and infect gums. Plaque can calcify into tartar, a substance that is even more stubborn to remove from teeth. Dental hygienists have special tools that can reach under the gum line and remove harmful plaque and tartar.
Periodontitis Requires Immediate Treatment
If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to an advanced gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gums, where plaque and tartar have caused gums to recede and detach from the teeth. This condition will need to be treated proactively in order for patients to avoid needing the teeth extracted.
Our team can perform a scaling and root planing procedure to help reverse periodontal disease. First, we scale off the plaque and tartar deep in the gums, and then we perform the root planing portion of treatment. This process meticulously smooths tooth roots so the gums can reattach and secure the tooth in its socket. Dr. Stanley may also prescribe topical medications that contain concentrated antiseptics to further remove plaque and tartar.
Advanced periodontitis may require surgical interventions to separate gums from teeth so more intensive cleaning can be done.
Dr. Steven F. Stanley for Quality Periodontal CareTo keep teeth and gums healthy, call the dental office of Dr. Steven F. Stanley. He offers quality, periodontal dental care to patients in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities.