Preventing and Treating Gum Disease to Maintain a Healthy Smile

 womans mouth with gum diseaseWhen you look at your smile, each tooth is carefully settled in to the pink soft tissue that we call your gums. Your gums not only help keep your teeth in place but help maintain your oral and overall health. However, if your gums are neglected or become damaged, they can develop gum disease and cause various problems with your oral health. At Sunshine Dental Group, we want to help protect your gums and your smile.

The first step to protecting your gums against gum disease is to know how to avoid it. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused when plaque and bacteria build up around and underneath the gum line. This happens when the teeth are not properly cleaned with brushing, flossing and regular dental visits. As the disease develops, the gums become separated from the teeth, creating pockets for more bacteria to build up in. The gums can become sore and inflamed, and bleed easily. If left untreated, gum disease can quickly progress and ultimately cause tooth and bone loss, as well as issues with your overall systemic health.

When you visit our practice, Dr. Jorge de la Osa and his associate dentists can evaluate your oral health to identify the early signs of gum disease and provide proper treatment. If your gum disease is in the early stages, we may recommend a scaling and root planing treatment. This deep cleaning begins by first numbing the treatment area with a local anesthetic. Our dentists and team will then remove the plaque on the teeth and beneath the gum line. In some cases, our dentists may also place medication inside the pockets to help your gums heal and avoid further damage.

If you require gum disease treatment in El Monte, California, we encourage you to visit our caring, talented dentists today.