Gum disease (periodontitis or periodontal disease) is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. It’s also a strain to your immune system, making you more at risk for problems like stroke, heart disease, or even infertility.
How do you know if you have gum disease?
Here are signs to watch for:
Gums that bleed easily
Bleeding isn’t normal or healthy, especially if it’s your gums; it’s a sign of infection. Brush your gums gently twice a day and floss daily, and you should see an improvement within about two weeks. If you don’t, you need to schedule a visit with our dentist in West Hollywood.
Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
Although an embarrassing topic, let our dentist in Arcadia know if you’ve been struggling with bad breath. It could be due to bacterial deposits deep under your gumlines (something that can’t be cleaned away on your own.)
“long in the teeth”
Do your teeth look longer than they used to be? Receding gumlines are a common red flag for periodontitis, leaving your roots exposed and prone to sensitivity or decay.
Finding “pockets” during your exam.
During your exam, we will measure the level of attachment between your gums and tooth. This screens for bone loss and periodontal infections. Any “pockets” that are deeper than 3mm are unhealthy. You may need a deep cleaning to promote healing and tissue reattachment.
OF Dental Care provides comprehensive preventive dental care for gingivitis and gum disease. If you have any of the above mentioned symptoms or signs it is in your best interest to contact our trusted and highly experienced dentist in West Hollywood Dr. Omid Farahmand of OF Dental Car for an accurate diagnosis at 310.273.3650 or visit http://OFDentalCare.com for further information.