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Periodontal Disease Specialist

Alpine Village Dental

Mala Sheth, DDS

Dentist & Family Dentist located in Torrance, CA

If your gums look red and you’ve noticed bleeding when brushing your teeth, you could have periodontal disease, perhaps better known as gum disease. Mala Sheth, DDS, of Alpine Village Dental, serving Los Angeles’ South Bay region, is a highly accomplished dentist with many years of experience who provides both preventive care and comprehensive treatment for periodontal disease. Call Alpine Village Dental in Torrance, California, today or book an appointment online.

Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is the consequence of plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. Plaque is the yellowish, sticky film made up of food particles and bacteria that coats your teeth. If it isn’t cleaned, plaque hardens into tartar, which can’t be removed by brushing alone.

If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly and clear away all the plaque, it builds up, and bacteria multiply. You then end up with plaque, tartar, and bacteria in between your teeth and gums, which act as an irritant and eventually causes tooth decay.

If left untreated, periodontal disease may lead to bone damage in the jaw.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease makes your gums swell and turn red, and they start to bleed when you’re brushing your teeth. Healthy gums never bleed or look intensely red, so if you see these signs, make an appointment at Alpine Village Dentistry. You may not be in pain now, but you will be if gum disease progresses far enough, and there’s a real risk of losing teeth in the long term.

It’s not just your teeth and gums that can suffer from the effects of periodontal disease. Research studies show a link between periodontal disease and serious medical conditions such as:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Diabetes
  • Complications during pregnancy

The best way to avoid tooth loss and serious health problems is to follow a routine of regular brushing and flossing so that plaque and tartar never get the chance to build up.

It’s also important to attend check-ups with Dr. Sheth so she can clean away tartar and check for signs of periodontal disease before it becomes a severe problem.

How is periodontal disease treated?

In the early stages of periodontal disease, Dr. Sheth administers a deep cleaning, scaling the teeth and cleaning the space between the gum and the teeth where bacteria often breed in a process called root planing. After a deep cleaning, your gums should return to a healthy pink shade, and you won’t experience bleeding when you brush.

Dr. Sheth is happy to assist her patients by helping them improve their brushing technique and advise on appropriate oral hygiene routines. If you have bleeding, red, or swollen gums, don’t delay in getting a thorough cleaning with Dr. Sheth. Call Alpine Village Dentistry today or book an appointment online.