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Understanding the development and treatment of periodontal disease in Century City, CA dental office

Periodontal disease is a dental infection that starts in the gums. It can cause gum shrinking and loss. However, this is not all the damage it causes. Periodontal disease is responsible for a wide range of problems within the smile, including the loss of bone and natural teeth. Proper oral health habits and routine visits to the dentist can reduce one’s risk of periodontal disease, but if it does develop, treatment is needed as soon as possible to save the smile. Dr. Meredith Levine of Century City, CA, works routinely with patients to help them understand their risks.

What causes periodontal disease?

In most cases, periodontal disease is caused by poor oral health habits. Brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist every six months are highly recommended to reduce one’s risk of developing this infection.

What are the stages of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease symptoms vary depending on the stage at which it has developed. The earliest stage is defined as gingivitis. It is when patients might notice red, swollen gums or experience bleeding when brushing or flossing. With detection at this point, many patients can reverse the condition, bringing their smiles back to health. However, without treatment, the condition may progress to the later stages of periodontitis. At this point, the condition can only be controlled and maintained, not cured or reversed. Patients may need to work with their dentist to discuss treatment options such as antibiotics, scaling and root planing, and more frequent cleanings and treatments to manage the infection.

Do you believe you have periodontal disease?

The key to effectively treating periodontal disease is early detection and diagnosis. That allows a patient to undergo treatment without delay to keep the condition from worsening. For early detection, routine evaluations are recommended. Dr. Meredith Levine and her team in Century City, California, are here to help new and established patients and families achieve and maintain good oral health and wellness. If you are new to the area or are interested in starting a working relationship with a dentist in the community, we welcome you to call the office at (424) 358-3811 to request an appointment. Our facility is located at 2080 Century Park East, Suite #1516, and accepts new patients.