Periodontal Care

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Periodontal Care

It is estimated that approximately half of American adults are suffering from gum disease in some form. This may not seem that alarming except when you consider that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults over 30 years old.

Periodontal disease has also been linked with other health concerns in the body such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. This is because the bacteria that cause gum disease can travel through your bloodstream to other areas of your body.

With this research in mind, there has never been a more important time to take care of your oral health, which means that you’re also looking out for your overall health and well being.

What Is Gum Disease?

Much like the foundation for your home, your gums are the foundation for your teeth – along with your jawbone, which houses the roots of your teeth.

Gum disease occurs when excessive plaque buildup becomes tartar and it causes your gums to separate from your teeth. This allows dangerous bacteria below your gum line, causing the infection. If the infection is left untreated, it will result in tooth loss.

Some of the early signs of gum disease to be aware of are:

  • Gums that appear red, irritated, or swollen
  • Chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Gum recession that can cause sensitivity
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

There is good news when you detect gingivitis (the early stage of periodontal disease) early on. It can often be successfully treated with an improved home care routine and a thorough cleaning with your hygienist. This is why consistent visits every six months with Dr. Chen are so important; we screen you for gum disease at every checkup.

Periodontitis, which is the advanced stage of gum disease, requires a more thorough deep cleaning that extends below the gum line and removes the buildup causing your infection. This type of cleaning is called scaling and root planing. Antibiotic therapy may also be required to fight the infection, and surgery might be recommended in more severe cases.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease. However, your condition can be successfully managed with additional cleanings and regular checkups throughout the year combined with a diligent home care routine.

Contact Ocean Smiles Family Dentistry

At Ocean Smiles Family Dentistry, our goal is to help you avoid gum disease in the first place. However, if you find yourself dealing with gum disease, Dr. Chen is well equipped to help.

Give us a call today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup!

Meet Our Doctor:

Dr. Steven Chen

Dr. Steven, as patients like to call him, was born in Taiwan and moved to Los Angeles at an early age.  Following in the footsteps of his father, who is an experienced prosthodontist practicing in Taipei, he is ecstatic to implement the skills he has mastered throughout his career in his own practice.  

In addition, Dr. Steven spends countless hours in continuing education every year to further hone his clinical skills. He prides himself in his conservative approach to dentistry and his emphasis on proper maintenance to ensure oral disease …

Scheduling your appointment is convenient and easy

Camilla B.

If you are looking for a great dentist in Monterey Park, Montebello, or East Los Angeles check out Dr. Chen. I have had check-ups, cleanings, root canals, and bridge work. I can confidently recommend the staff here. The dental work is first rate, and the work is done in a reasonable amount of time. I need evening hours or Saturdays and have always been able to get an appointment quickly. The most important thing to me is that Dr. Chen is a GENTLE, fast working dentist. My mom is 91, and he is GENTLE enough for her!

Ocean Smiles Family Dentistry

5453 East Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone (323) 723-8249
Fax (323) 721-9132


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Wed  10:30AM  – 7:00PM
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