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Gum Treatment

When I hear “gum treatment”, I imagine VIP treatment at the club but with endless supplies of spearmint or Big Red to chew on. When your dentist gives you gum treatment, it’s not as enjoyable as chewing gum but it will be as painless.

From as early as we can walk, we’re taught to brush our teeth. Some of us even learn to brush our tongues as well. When we get older, flossing is introduced to our daily regimen, and when we leave our parents’ house, we hopefully continue to visit the dentist’s office twice a year. Since gums are often overlooked, we forget that they’re there to serve the most purposeful duty:  securing our teeth in place. If we don’t brush, floss, or visit the downtown Los Angeles dentist as recommended our gums suffer too. 

But there are last chance defenses to protect teeth from falling out. Gum treatments can halt gum disease or even reverse it if caught early enough. When you shirk on brushing and flossing, food and bacteria build up on your teeth’s surface, forming plaque and tartar. Over time, plaque and tartar grows under the gum line, causing infection and bleeding. This is periodontal (gum) disease. Just when you think it was over, the same infections can rot the bone supporting your teeth, leading to tooth loss. Wish you could go back and floss regularly? It gets better.

With early stage gum disease (gingivitis), your gums can erode, forming pockets or empty space between your gums and roots of your teeth. These crevices welcome food and bacteria, which worsens gum disease. Luckily, you can reverse the associated minor complications by undergoing non-surgical gum treatment.  Your local downtown Los Angeles dentist removes plaque and tartar on the roots of your teeth using a scaler. The procedure is known as scaling. This creates a jagged texture on your teeth, so the next step is root planning, which will smooth out the surface of your teeth.

If your gums have surpassed gingivitis and need more care, periodontal surgery involves your dentist accessing the area under your gum line and cleaning the plaque and tartar before periodontal disease worsens. If your disease has reached the bone, you may require rebuilding of your jawbone to support your remaining teeth. These options sound intimidating, but next time you see bleeding gums when you brush, call us immediately to treat your teeth to the best care around!