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Periodontal Maintenance

Treating gum disease at Dental Care of Beverly Hills

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.

Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.

Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition

Periodontal Disease

Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people can still develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

Our Happy Patients

"I've been going there for most of my adult life... over 20 years I'm sure. Yikes! Dr. Lalezarian is like family. He's kind, affable and above all really good at his job. My husband has a bridge in the front of his mouth and they look so real. I've had other friends with bridges for their front teeth too and they whistle when they talk.. not my husband. The bridge fits perfectly!"

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"Dr Lalezarian is very good at explaining every aspect of your dental care program, things you would never think of, material used, time frames, and temporary management of your program to keep you able to work and be out in the public.. The staff is excellent and friendly, and easy to work with your schedules. I would recommend to anyone."

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"Dr. Lalezarian has been our family dentist for over ten years. We travel from Porter Ranch to Beverly Hills, which can be almost as painful as a toothache, but we do it because he is a highly skillful dentist, and we trust him to do a great job, every time, which he does. He has also gotten us to pay more attention to our dental health. The staff is friendly, and the prices are reasonable. For these reasons I give this dental office the highest rating of 5 stars."

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