The CDC reports that a large number of people over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Cases can range from mild inflammation and bleeding, which is known a gingivitis, to the much more severe form, periodontitis. While you may be tempted to ignore bleeding gums, they are indicators that you should see the dentist.
Gum disease can be prevented by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and by seeing your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. During your appointments, the dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth, and the dentist will examine you for signs of gum disease. One way of evaluating the health of your gums is to measure the area between your gums and your teeth. If that space is too large, the dentist may want to talk with you about gum disease.
The symptoms of gum disease include tender and swollen gums, gums that are red in color instead of pink, bleeding when you brush or floss and bad breath. If you have noticed any of these symptoms or If you want more information about gum disease, our dentist, Dr. Farshid Ariz would be happy to see you. Please contact our office to make an appointment at 310-826-3399, or come by our office in West Los Angeles, California.