Although it is important to have healthy teeth, the foundation of healthy teeth begins with healthy gums. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States, and in a lot of cases it is completely preventable with good oral hygiene.
Doctor Jamie Elizabeth Sands specializes in preventative tooth and gum care at her Studio City location in California. With everything from Smile Makeovers to cosmetic dentistry services, Dr. Sands can help restore your pearly whites so you can look and feel better about your smile.
What is Gum Disease?
Having healthy teeth is an important part of dental hygiene, but it’s only half of it. If the gums become diseased, it directly affects the health of your teeth and can even cause them to fall out. Although gum disease does not cause any pain in its early stages, it can be characterized by:
- Bleeding while brushing or flossing
- A receding gum line
- Loose teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum redness
- Mouth sores
Gum disease is caused when plaque and tartar accumulate on the surface of the teeth, resulting in the buildup of bacteria. Your gums respond to the bacteria by receding and becoming inflamed. If left untreated, gum disease does not go away on its own; rather, the gums begin to further pull away from the teeth, creating pockets beneath the gum line for bacteria to accumulate.
Over time, the bacteria eats away at the ligaments connecting the tooth to the gum, resulting in loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.
How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
Although it is estimated that about 97 percent of adults will develop some kind of gum disease in their lifetime, this dental concern is completely preventable through two time-tested methods:
- Brushing and flossing regularly helps keep your teeth surfaces clean, helping keep bacteria at bay.
- Scheduling regular dental visits with Dr. Sands to have your teeth professionally cleaned and reverse any signs of gum disease that are present
Why Choose Dr. Jamie Sands for Your Preventative Care?
In addition to restoring smiles with veneers, crowns, and other cosmetic dental services, Dr. Sands also focuses on Oral Anti-Aging and preventative care to maintain the appearance and integrity of your teeth. One of the most highly-requested dentists in Los Angeles, Dr. Sands’ experience and expert eye have also awarded her several accolades among Hollywood’s elite.
Contact Dr. Jamie Sands today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey to cleaner, healthier teeth.