Gum disease affects nearly half of the U.S. adult population. It is a serious gum infection that develops when plaque is allowed to harbor beneath the gum line, which causes inflammation of the gum tissue. Left untreated, it can lead to decay, bad breath, receding gums, swollen gums, and tooth loss. It can also spread to other areas of the mouth and body.
Studies have shown that gum disease can allow bacteria into the bloodstream, which may lead to systemic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke. While the best way to protect yourself is prevention by brushing, flossing and visiting our clinic for checkups regularly, getting treatment in the early stages can also save the health of your smile.
Dr. Delaram Hanookai polished her gum disease expertise for 10 years as a clinical Instructor of Periodontics at USC. From scaling and root planing to modern laser gum surgery, she has multiple treatment options available for each stage of gum disease.