Importance of Healthy Gums

Importance of Healthy GumsThe role of healthy gums within the mouth is a crucial one. If you brush and floss on a regular basis, you should be able to remove most pieces of plaque before they harden into calculus. Calculus, which is a concrete-like material that builds up below the gum line, can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. If not treated in time, the gums themselves will become excessively swollen and may eventually recede from the teeth. In extreme cases, bone loss itself can occur, which can eventually lead to loose or missing teeth.

Our dentist in Los Angeles, CA, will be able to do a thorough periodontal assessment and develop a plan that will coax your gums back to health. Scaling and root planing may even be scheduled. This particular procedure will use calibrated instruments to loosen calculus and remove it off the roots of the teeth. With your gums back to their normal healthy appearance, the pain that has previously been associated with the infected areas should go away rather quickly.

With a professional dental exam, cleaning, and x-ray, our dental professionals can determine the general state of your gums. Mild to moderate cases of gingivitis might be cured with more strict brushing and flossing habits. More severe cases will require more invasive steps. Our dentist may also recommend that you follow as nutritious a diet as possible. The extra doses of vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables will promote optimal gum health, especially if gingivitis is indeed present.

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