Whole Body Health & Your Gums
Serving Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades & Brentwood, CA
Gum Disease Treatment - Periodontal Disease
Over the last decade research increasingly has been proving that periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a far greater threat to our overall health than was previously recognized. In fact, it has been found that periodontal disease contributes to the development of heart disease, the nation’s #1 cause of death.
Risks Associated With Periodontal Disease
In addition, periodontal disease has been classified by our government as promoting a greater risk of stroke and heart disease than high cholesterol. It has been linked to premature or underweight births and can increase the risk of pulmonary diseases, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It has also been shown to influence more common ailments, ranging from diarrhea to headaches.
Working to Prevent Periodontal Disease
As an integral part of our regular practice, our Santa Monica dental team will monitor the health of your gums, including a simple and pain-free check for bone loss and bleeding points. We routinely perform a non-invasive oral cancer screening and temporomandibular exam to ascertain joint health.
An early warning sign is gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. Symptoms include bleeding gums, bright red or red-purple appearance to gums or gums that are tender when touched.
Our general dentist believes that maintaining good oral health is easier & far less costly than having to cure an illness or deal with a preventable condition. We can advise you on how to avoid periodontal disease and treat you if you already have signs of it. A program of regularly scheduled cleanings in our office is a first-line defense against periodontal disease.
A Resource For Overall Health
Consider us a key partner with your other health professionals in assuring that you are in the best overall health, feeling and looking your best. Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry serves patients in Culver City, Brentwood, Santa Monica, CA and all surrounding communities. Contact our general dentist today for a consultation!