Periodontal Health in Los Angeles, CA
Keep Existing Teeth – Achieve Periodontal Health
This is the laser that I use in my dental cleanings. I have two different ways that I use this laser. One of them is called laser bacterial reduction which helps with gingivitis or any infection or gum disease. What I do is, I turn the laser on, it’s not uncomfortable at all, it takes me about five minutes to do, and it’s like a little flashlight that I use around your gum tissue, and that helps kill and vaporize the bacteria for at least 60 days, so it stops that infection that’s happening within your mouth.
The second type of laser that I use is in conjunction with scaling and root planing. So basically, when I’m deep scaling your teeth from plaque and bacteria, I want to use this laser to get in and remove that dead tissue that’s inside that pocket and I can help stimulate some new tissue growth so that way we can control your periodontal disease.
This is only one of the technologies that we have in this office.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment
Periodontal disease is considered a “silent killer” because it is linked to systemic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, and even to low birth weight. Pain is usually not a symptom until the condition has progressed to an advanced stage.
Most adults have some form of gum disease. It begins when bacteria invade the soft tissues and cause inflammation. You may notice that your gums are red or inflamed, or they bleed easily when you brush or floss. People with advanced gum disease may notice their gums starting to pull away from their teeth, loose teeth, bad breath, and sensitivity to hot and cold. Bacteria from infected gums can also reach the blood stream, travel to organs and create host of diseases.
Early-stage gum disease is easily reversed by good oral hygiene–brushing and flossing every day and visiting your dentist or periodontist for cleaning and checkups twice a year. Advanced gum disease, on the other hand, requires much more professional attention. Your hygienist or dentist at Westwood Dental Smiles may recommend deep cleaning (root scaling and planing) with dental laser cleaning and the use of antibiotics to help heal diseased gums . If not successful, pocket reduction surgery may be performed.
Dental Age Erasers
Fountain of Youth
Recent retrospective studies showed that a person with gum disease or chronic tooth abscesses is 2- 6 times more likely to die from any natural cause than someone without oral infections. These studies also found that patients with long-term presence of dental abscesses or gum disease have an average life span of ten years less! It was found that only 6% of very long-living individuals had lost all their teeth, and indeed, most had lost very few teeth. Yet people who died younger tended to have a high rate of tooth loss (Because of gum disease or tooth abscesses). Within similar age groups, people with better dental and gum health also had much less hypertension, heart disease, and strokes.
Lately a number of general diseases such as heart disease, stroke, ulcers, lung diseases –pneumonia-respiratory diseases, diabetes, low birth weight babies and others have been linked to infected gums, which adds more importance for you maintaining them.
Risk factors for periodontal disease include: genetic predisposition, previous periodontal disease (there is a three time risk of getting it again), age, gender, medications, diabetes, hormonal change, smoking (100 % chance of getting the disease), poor nutrition, poor oral hygiene, osteoporosis, spousal transmission, clenching/grinding and stress.
Patients with periodontitis may have double the risk of developing heart disease and double the risk of dying if a heart attack occurs.
Only 20% of people over age 65 who have never smoked are missing teeth, while a whopping 41.3% of daily smokers over age 65 are missing teeth.
Some good news: After 11 years of non-smoking, your chance of advanced periodontal disease is no different than that of non-smokers
Painless Ultrasonic Cleaners
Comprehensive Hygiene and Periodontal Program
At Westwood Dental Smiles, we offer a complete hygiene and periodontal program to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. During your scheduled appointment, Dr. Anderkvist will carefully examine your gums, measure the depth of pockets and inspect teeth and bone mobility. Our advanced, non-surgical treatment combines patient education, antibiotics, deep cleaning, splinting and bite correction.
For mild gum disease, regular professional cleanings may be scheduled more frequently for periodontics. The dental hygienist will use laser and manual instruments to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gums and from every tooth surface. Deep cleaning involves reaching deep under the gum line and removing tartar and bacteria unreachable to the bristles of your toothbrush.
Schedule a cleaning or consultation today! Call us at 310-208-4084 or use our online form to make an appointment.
Keep Existing teeth
We have a perfect team. Everything starts with good hygiene education. We have a wonderful staff and our hygienist, Sara, she’s the first to actually see our patient’s teeth because she does the cleanings for them, she teaches them how to floss, how to brush; different techniques of brushing and flossing; she’s applied sealants – so all of the procedures, whatever she does, everything is aimed to preserve and prevent from decay and from any damage and loss of teeth. And then we, as the dentist, are also helping to keep everything in good shape and free of cavities.
A Real Solution To Bad Breath? Dr. Anderkvist explaining on channel 13 News
Dr. Anderkvist explains on Channel 13 News
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