Gum disease is an infection that attacks the supporting structures of your teeth. It often develops because of poor brushing and flossing habits. Bacteria-filled plaque collect on your teeth, and, if not removed, hardens into a substance called tartar that spreads below the gum line.
How Gum Disease Develops
In its earliest stage (gingivitis), you may notice tender, inflamed, or swollen gums, and bleeding when you brush. Gingivitis can usually be controlled with extra professional cleanings and improved oral hygiene. Without treatment, the infection spreads to the next stage, periodontitis, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
One of the reasons gum disease is so widespread is that it can do damage to your gums before you are even aware it exists. This is why we encourage twice-yearly exams and cleanings at Saticoy Plaza Dentistry. During these visits, Dr. Bacquet will examine your teeth and gums thoroughly to look for signs of gum disease.
Dental Exams With Your Van Nuys Dentist
If you want to visit a dentist in Van Nuys who can ensure that your smile is as healthy as it should be, please call our office. We will be happy to arrange a cleaning and exam to ensure your teeth are strong, healthy, and free of disease.