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.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth.  There is a
sulcus between the tooth and gums.  Periodontal disease involves the
accumulation of oral bacteria in the plaque and calculus on the roots of teeth.  It   
attacks just below the gum line in this sulcus.  It causes the detachment of the gum
from the tooth and thus the breakdown of oral tissues, including bone support
around the roots of teeth.  Periodontal disease ultimately results in the premature
loss of teeth.

Periodontal disease is classified according to the severity of the disease.  The two
major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis.  Gingivitis is a milder form of
periodontal disease that only affects the gums.  Gingivitis, if undetected, will lead to
the more serious, destructive form of periodontal disease called periodontitis.  
Periodontitis involves the loss of bone support around the roots of teeth and
ultimately extractions of good teeth.

Several warning signs that can indicate a problem:
•        Gums that bleed easily when brushing
•        Red, swollen, and tender gums
•        Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
•        Permanent teeth that are loose or becoming spaced apart
•        Pain when eating or change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs.  This is the
main reason why regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are very
important.  Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the
condition has progressed.

Treating gingivitis and periodontitis is always much more costly to the patient than
the prevention of their occurrence.  Brush, floss, eat a balanced diet and schedule
regular dental visits with our dentists for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Periodontal Disease