Preventing GingivitisIf your gums are red and puffy or bleed when you brush your teeth, you may be suffering from gingivitis. Gingivitis is the most common disease of the gums and affects millions of people. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease and the necessity for replacing teeth lost as a result of this problem. Although you may visit our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist for replacement teeth or dental surgery, it is best to stop gum disease in its tracks through a sound professional regimen of gum care.

Our dentist in Los Angeles can give you the right skills and tools to battle gum disease. Of course, your first and most important line of defense in preventing gingivitis is good oral hygiene at home. Daily brushing and flossing does much more to prevent the need for invasive and uncomfortable procedures than anything else. Regular dental exams are also important in your fight against gum disease.

If gingivitis is more advanced, you may need professional periodontal treatment such as deep cleaning and scaling of plaque. Our dentist can help you decide if this treatment is right for you.

Be sure to follow up with your professional dental cleaning every six months for optimum dental health. By employing a regimen of good home care of your teeth and gums, regular exams and cleanings with our dentist, and any early intervention treatments as necessary, you will not have to worry about the devastating effects of gingivitis and gum disease, and can enjoy years of use with your healthy, beautiful teeth.

You can visit ADA.org to learn more about gingivitis.

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