Periodontist in Calabasas

Sometimes, proper oral hygiene, including effective brushing and flossing and regular professional teeth cleaning, is not enough to keep your mouth completely disease free.

The vast majority of Americans suffer at least one case of gum disease, which is characterized by swelling, redness, and bleeding of the gums. In severe cases, periodontal (gum) disease can lead to teeth loosening, bad breath, and other problems. When you notice these symptoms, you should visit our periodontist at Calabasas Dental Institute.

Who are Periodontists?

Periodontists are skilled in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infections and diseases affecting the soft and hard tissues in your mouth. They can also perform specific cosmetic procedures on your gums to improve your smile.

It is difficult to identify the early stages of periodontal disease, because there's usually no pain. As a result, many people often ignore other symptoms until the problem becomes worse. To ensure optimal gum and oral health, you should make an appointment to see a periodontist as soon as you notice any of these signs and symptoms:

  • Bleeding while eating and/or brushing - healthy gums should not be so sensitive that they bleed while eating, brushing, or flossing. This is an indicator that they're infected.
  • Gum recession - receding gums cause your teeth to appear longer than normal. In advanced cases, the gum infection can spread to the jawbone, leading to loose teeth.
  • Bad breath - persistent bad breath (halitosis) even with rigorous oral hygiene often indicates gum infection
  • Gangrene - gangrene in your tissues is hard to self-diagnose. But your dentist can easily detect it in your soft tissues, gum ligament, and alveolar bone.
  • Deteriorated overall health - severe cases of gum disease can cause related health conditions to worsen when the bacteria infection enters the bloodstream and spreads to other parts of the body. Conditions that tend to worsen with diminishing oral health include diabetes, osteoporosis, osteopenia, and heart disease.

You generally don't need to see a periodontist for the above problems unless your general dentist recommends that you get specialized care. It is important that you don't ignore any unusual problems in your mouth. For professional help in treating infected gums, please visit us at Calabasas Dental Institute. Book your appointment today.