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  • Writer's pictureOcean Breeze Dental Care

This is how you can prevent gum disease

“Gum disease can be prevented and cured”, Dr. Travis Lee at Ocean Breeze Dental Care in West Los Angeles. According to the CDC, periodontitis is prevalent with over 47% of adults aged 30 years and older having some form of periodontal disease and increasing to over 70% for adults over 65 years. Proper oral care combined with routine dental exam & professional cleaning removes bacteria in the mouth, plaque & tartar build up and detect early signs of gum disease. When bacteria stay on the teeth long enough, they form a film of plaque, which eventually hardens to tartar. Tartar build-up can spread below the gum line, which makes the teeth harder to clean. Professional cleaning can remove the tartar and stop progression of periodontal disease. Please contact our knowledgeable & compassionate dental professionals serving neighborhoods around Los Angeles, CA 90025 if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms as they may be signs of gum disease:

  • Chronic bad breath

  • Bleeding gums

  • Swollen gums

  • Pain when chewing

  • Sensitive or loose teeth

  • Receding gums

  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

More frequent dental visits are recommended for patients with the following risk factors that can increase the risk of gum disease:

  • Smoking

  • Diabetes

  • Poor oral hygiene

  • Stress

  • Crooked teeth

  • Immune-deficiencies

  • Family history of gum disease

  • Taking medications that cause dry mouth

  • Bridges or partial dentures that no longer fit properly

  • Fillings that have become defective

  • Female hormonal changes, such as with pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives

Uncontrolled accumulation of plaque or bacteria in the mouth can cause infection and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround & support the teeth leading to periodontal disease, tooth decay or tooth loss. Please contact our General & Cosmetic Dental Practice serving the neighborhoods around Los Angeles, CA 90025 to maintain healthy teeth, beautiful smile & fresh breath with breeze.


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