You need healthy gums for a healthy mouth and a healthy body.

 womans mouth with gum diseaseYour gums matter. They help keep your teeth in place and healthy, and moreover they are the main line of defense for your body against the bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria is constantly forming in your mouth, and if you suffer from gum disease, your body will become vulnerable to infection. Gum disease has been linked to respiratory infections and cardiovascular issues. If you live with diabetes, gum disease can complicate your condition. And of course, gum disease can cause tooth loss, problems with your jaw and bad breath. For that reason, Dr. Jorge de la Osa and our team of dentists offer gum disease treatment in Commerce, California.

Gum disease can have a number of causes. However, the main cause of gum disease is an accumulation of plaque on your teeth. If that plaque is not removed, your gums will begin to swell, which will in turn allow plaque and tartar to reach below your gums. This is how gum disease gets its start.

The symptoms of gum disease include gums that bleed when you brush and floss, gums that are swollen and tender, or have turned bright red in color. If our dentists detect gum disease early, they may be able to treat it with a two-step process known as scaling and root planing. This involves cleaning the plaque and tartar from your teeth above and below your gums, and then cleaning and smoothing the roots so they can form a healthy attachment to your jaws.

If you are concerned about gum disease, you can call Sunshine Dental Group at 323.266.2120 today to make your appointment for an exam and to discuss your treatment options.