Bich Ngoc Le, D.D.S.
Emmy Mary Le, D.D.S.
Catherine Chi Pham, D.D.S.
GARDEN GROVE
CALL: 714-531-1088
14364 Brookhurst St., G.G., CA 92843
Dr. Le specializes in family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and children dentistry. Dr. Le serves patients from neighboring Lakewood,
Cerritos, Westminster, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley. If you need a cosmetic dentist, family dentist, children dentist, or dental
implant specialist, please give Dr. Le a try. We will do our best to meet all  your expectations.
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LONG BEACH
CALL: 562-491-5529
906 E. Anaheim St., L.B., CA 90813
Bich Ngoc Le, D.D.S.
Emmy Mary Le, D.D.S.
Catherine Chi Pham, D.D.S.
Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, afflicts millions of people
around the United States, and is the major cause of tooth decay, chewing
disabilities, pain and discomfort, and the destruction of healthy smiles. In most of
those cases, gum disease could have been prevented through proper dental and
oral hygiene care.  Understanding gum disease will help individuals take better
care of their teeth and gums as well as encourage prompt treatment when dental
issues arise.

Types of Gum Disease:

•        Gingivitis – is a mild form of periodontal disease caused by the accumulation
of plaque and bacteria on tooth surface at the gum line, most often seen with the
appearance of red or swollen gums that bleed easily.
•        Periodontitis - is a more severe form of periodontal disease caused by
calculus and bacteria depositing on the roots of teeth beneath the gum line to
create inflammation as well as destruction of tissue and loss of bone support.

Several sub-varieties of periodontitis may also be diagnosed, including aggressive
and chronic periodontitis. Left untreated, periodontitis will result in the premature
loss of teeth.  It may also be linked to systemic health problems such as
cardiovascular disease and hard-to-control diabetes as a result of the bacteria in
the mouth entering the bloodstream and traveling to other parts of the body.

Gum Disease Treatments

Individuals suffering from varying degrees of gingivitis and periodontitis may benefit
from dentall procedures used to treat gum disease. Such procedures include:

•        Regular maintenance teeth cleaning
•        Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
•        Local delivery of anti-bacterial drug or low-dose antibiotic at the gum
•        Periodontal surgery

A dentist will determine the correct treatment or procedure depending on the
severity as well as the degree of gum disease. In many cases, early cases of
gingivitis may be treated through better oral hygiene care, regular cleanings and
preventative maintenance checkups.
Gum Diseases