Periodontics Marina del Rey
Periodontics is a specialty dedicated to the health of gums. If left unchecked, gum diseases can have serious consequences, including the loss of one or more teeth. Studies have also found some surprising correlations between the health of the gums and systemic health; specifically, unhealthy gums have been linked to an increased risk of serious conditions such as heart disease. If you are in need of a periodontist in Marina del Rey, Elegant Dentistry offers treatments for the most common gum ailments, gingivitis, and periodontitis. We also offer treatment for recessed gums.
Concerned about Your Gums? We Can Help
When you come to Elegant Dentistry for a regular dental check-up, your dentist will look at your gums to make sure they are healthy and free of inflammation and other signs of infections or abnormalities. If your dentist spots something, consider yourself lucky. The earlier the treatment the more likely we can prevent or stop issues in their tracks, saving you a great deal of money, time, and heartache.
Of course, you may already have an idea that your gums need some help. Common symptoms of gum disease or periodontitis include bleeding gums and halitosis (bad breath). The latter issue tends to be a powerful motive but too many patients ignore telltale redness on their toothbrushes. If you are experiencing either of these symptoms, do not wait to contact us for an appointment.
If our team catches mild-to-moderate gum disease (aka gingivitis) early, the standard treatment is a deep-cleaning which, combined with good dental hygiene, can typically deal with the problem. Periodontitis is a more advanced form of the problem and may require various types of oral surgery.
Gum problems are not something you want to ignore. Aside from the systemic problems we mentioned earlier, seriously unhealthy gums can lead to tooth loss and an overall downward spiral in your oral health.
Gum Care Tips
Taking care of your gums does not require any special modifications to your daily hygiene routine. Regular brushing and flossing after each meal can limit the presence of harmful bacteria in the mouth that are known to cause gum irritation. However, it is important to note that you should always use a soft bristle brush in addition to using gentle circular motions to brush and floss. Harsh brushing actions can actually be counterproductive, as they can create small wounds throughout the oral cavity that can be prone to infection. Over time, harsh brushing can also permanently damage the gum line.
Using a mouth rinse can also be helpful in reaching areas that are not easily accessible to brushing or flossing motions, though it should be noted that overly frequent usage can cause gum irritation. It is always best to follow the recommendations of your dentist, especially if you have sensitive gums.
Contact Elegant Dentistry
If you are in need of periodontal or regular dental services, please reach out to us via our contact page or the number on your screen.