How gum disease can impact the smile’s health

There are many conditions that can affect the health of your smile. This includes gum disease. Gum disease is a serious issue that can be prevented entirely with proper oral health habits. Dr. Darien Ephram and his team take time to educate patients on the problems that can occur if this condition is not diagnosed in the earlier stages and treated effectively with the help of a dental professional. Continue reading to learn more about gum disease.

Understanding gum disease

Gum disease is a gum infection commonly known as periodontal disease. Dr. Ephram believes in providing preventative care to reduce one’s risk of developing this problematic condition. The infection starts in the gum tissues, and if left untreated, it can progress to the jawbone. The disease is typically caused by plaque buildup on teeth from not brushing them regularly and flossing daily.

What are the signs of periodontal disease, and what can happen if it goes untreated?

Early symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or use dental floss and a sore or swollen gum that doesn’t go away. If it progresses to periodontitis, your gum tissue will start pulling away from your teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can thrive. You may notice an unpleasant taste in your mouth or bad breath that won’t go away no matter how much you brush or use mouthwash. In severe cases of this infection, your gums and bones may recede so far down that they begin destroying the root of your tooth, causing them to fall out completely. The damage caused by periodontal disease is irreversible, which is why prevention and early detection and treatment are incredibly necessary to maintain smile and gum health.

How do I learn more about periodontal disease?

Dr. Darien Ephram and his team at Laurel Canyon Dental, Darien Ephram DDS in Valley Village, CA, work with patients to help them understand the benefits of a healthy smile. If you are concerned about a gum infection or are noticing gum problems develop, a visit to the dentist is in order. Call (818) 509-3055 to request an appointment with our team at 12156 Riverside Drive.