Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Gum disease is no joke. It’s a constant infection of bacteria in our gums. It’s a silent disease because quite often, folks don’t experience pain from it. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 47.2% of adults over age 30 and 70.1% of adults over 65 have some form of gum disease!

We see it every day and the best part is this disease is totally preventable and even reversible.

How does it start?

Our mouths contain millions of necessary bacteria that help us regulate germs before they get to the rest of our bodies. However, without consistent and effective home care and without regular visits to the dentist/hygienist, the bacteria look for “food” and grow in number. The food they start to feast on is the residue of previous meals (plaque). It only takes 24-48 hours for plaque to calcify or harden. That food hardens to the point where no toothbrush or floss can remove it. This is called tartar. You may have heard that word in a Listerine commercial!

Bacteria feed on tartar. As bacteria feed on tartar and grow, the gums inflame and pull away from the teeth creating pockets. This creates an inflammatory response in the body and blood is sent to those areas with white blood cells to fight the bacteria.

As new food is eaten and hardens, the food slips into the pockets and so does bacteria. The gums continue pulling away creating deeper and deeper pockets. When the gums pull away, so does the bone that holds our teeth in place and eventually, teeth start to get loose and then fall out.

One thing we know for sure – HEALTHY GUMS DON’T BLEED. This is not only an easy quote to remember, but it can be used as an alert for yourself.

The effects of gum disease:

  1. Bad breath (it’s the toxic fumes from the bacteria and can sometimes smell like rot)
  2. Blood in the sink after brushing
  3. Heavily receded gums
  4. Teeth that are sensitive near the receded gum lines
  5. Loose Teeth
  6. Teeth that fall out
  7. Transmitting the disease to anyone you kiss deeply/exchange saliva with

How do we treat gum disease?

The only things that can effectively break up/kill tartar and bacteria are our instruments and equipment. We’ve got three different kinds of treatment that we tailor to each person’s level of gum disease:

  1. Our hygienists’ traditional manual treatment – the old school scraping tools (can be done with or without local anesthetic)
  2. Our hygienists’ automatic instrument that vibrates and sprays water, breaking up tartar (usually with local anesthetic)
  3. Our newest machine – a laser that pinpoints tartar and bacteria destroying them and even helping to generate new and healthier gum tissue. This is performed by both the doctor and hygienist. (always done with local anesthetic)

To find out what treatment is best for you, call us today at 310-340-6663 or fill out the contact form above to set up an appointment. Don’t wait!

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Dr. Don Mungcal | Dr. James Lee Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions

Maintaining healthy gums and teeth has never been easier in Manhattan Beach, California with the impeccable services delivered by Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions. Outstanding personalized attention, emergency care, advanced methods, and trained staff make patients’ experiences smooth.

With almost three decades of professional experience, Lead Dentist Dr. Don Mungcal focuses on understanding not only your dental goals and needs, but also you and your family’s health history. He is passionate about staying abreast of modern dental technologies and spends several hundred hours annually on continuing education courses. Membership at the California Dental Society also enhances his knowledge, so that patients are the ultimate beneficiaries. Connect with Dr. Don Mungcal on Linkedin

Dr. Mungcal is assisted by Dr. James Lee, General Dentist who has also served in the US Army. Having received his education at Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Dr. Lee pursues continuing education to update and upgrade himself.