Toluca Lake Dentist Helps Patients Avoid The Cyclical Problems of Gum Disease and Dental Decay

Written by Dr. McKay on Aug 4, 2014

All of the components of your smile are interconnected; when your gum tissue is unhealthy, for example, it can wreak havoc on the rest of your mouth. Our Toluca Lake dentist office is here to help patients recover from this kind of dental damage, and prevent this harmful cycle in the future.

Your smile may initially become damaged due to dental injury, bacterial infection, or both. Let’s say that you have a tooth that develops a cavity. If this cavity is left to fester, untreated, it can eventually spread to your gum tissue and bone tissue (not to mention lead to tooth loss). Likewise, if you suffer from serious periodontal disease, your teeth can potentially become infected—sometimes the bacteria even infiltrate the tooth from the dental root up.

So in order to really safeguard the health of your smile, you need to take care of your teeth and your oral tissues. This means:

· Treating cavities as soon as they develop

· Treating gum disease in its earliest stages (before it progresses to harm other parts of your smile)

· Brushing and flossing as recommended every single day

· Maintaining a schedule of semi-annual professional dental cleanings—this is crucial for getting the preventative care you need, as well as allowing our dental team to spot any signs of dental decay before they develop into severe problems

If you experience a dental infection, it’s important to remember that this infection will continue to grow and intensify until you seek treatment. Too many patients put off dental treatment, only to be saddled with even more disruptive and harmful dental issues later on.

Our Toluca Lake dentist office is always here to give you the support and dental care that you need. Please feel free to call our office to learn more about dental care, or to schedule your own consultation.