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Are you embarrassed around others because you have chronic bad breath? Is hypersensitivity keeping you from enjoying your favorite iced or hot or drinks? Have you noticed that gums are tender, red, swollen, or bleeding? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing the initial stage of gum disease or gingivitis.

Gingivitis can afflict your smile for various reasons, such as:

• Poor oral hygiene and a poor diet.
• Consistently using tobacco in any form.
• Medications you take, such as those treating blood pressure, or seizures.
• Hormonal changes if you are female.
• Chronic disease, such as diabetes, cancer or HIV.

With gum disease, harmful oral bacterial plaque accumulates around the base of the teeth and hardening. This causes irritation to the gums and inflammation in the tissue. If gum disease is not stopped, ultimately you can incur jawbone loss and tooth loss.

To stop gingivitis, you may need to increase your daily oral hygiene to get rid of plaque buildup. Maintaining a balanced, nutritious diet will also give your gums the protection it needs to protect gum tissue. You may also need additional dental cleanings to remove tartar, and deep cleanings called scaling and root planning. Other treatment may include antibiotics and oral surgery.

Our goal is to treat gingivitis in the early stages to reverse the symptoms and control periodontitis in the advanced stage, so if you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, please contact our team in Beverly Hills, California, for timely treatment. Our periodontist, Dr. Sam Markzar, has been helping patients win the fight against gum disease for over 20 years, so you can rest assured you are in good hands. Call Beverly Hills Periodontal Arts and Implants at 310-360-7570 and receive the quality care you deserve.