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Facts about Gum Disease

Facts about Gum DiseaseAccording to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly 75 percent of American adults have some degree of gum disease ranging from gingivitis to periodontitis. Only a small fraction of this number is even aware of their condition or seeks treatment, however. Dr. Mirani, our dentist in Beverly Hills, recommends that our patients be aware of the symptoms of gum disease because the earlier the condition is diagnosed and treated the better the prognosis generally is.

Gums should be firm, pink and pain-free. Gums can become irritated and infected by the bacteria that live in plaque. Symptoms of gum disease include:

• Gums that are red, swollen or irritated
• Gums that are soft or spongy
• Gums that bleed when brushed, flossed or bumped
• Gums that are overgrown or that recede
• Chronic bad breath
• Teeth that are loose or that are suddenly misaligned

Any of these symptoms indicate further evaluation is in order. If our dentist determines that you have gum disease, she will design a treatment plan to help restore gum health. A deep cleaning can remove any plaque and tartar buildup that is contributing to gum irritation. Regular at-home care that includes daily flossing and brushing after meals can also promote gum health and reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. In some cases, antimicrobials may also be necessary. An improved diet, smoking cessation and other at-home care or dental treatments may also be recommended to control the infection and preserve your dental health. Contact Dr. Mirani, our specialist for periodontics in Beverly Hills, today to schedule your appointment.

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