Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy Promotes Gum Disease Awareness Month

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In honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month, Los Angeles periodontists Dr. Alexandre Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky want to raise public awareness for this serious condition affecting not only oral health but the overall health of the body.

Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky

Identifying gum disease early can help prevent tooth loss and other issues that affect the health and attractiveness of one's smile.

February is Gum Disease Awareness month, and Brentwood periodontists Dr. Alexandre Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky are taking the opportunity to draw attention to this important health issue.

Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and a host of other health problems,” said Dr. Aalam, a board-certified periodontist and professor at the prestigious USC School of Dentistry. “Early diagnosis is essential to protecting both your health and your smile.”

More than 85 percent of Americans suffer from some level of gum disease. However, many people ignore the early warning signs of the disease. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky recommend that all Americans undergo regular exams to check for periodontal disease and that they see a periodontist if they experience any of the following: gum redness, pain or swelling; bleeding after brushing or flossing; missing or loose teeth; and chronic bad breath.

Identifying gum disease early can help prevent tooth loss and other issues that affect the health and attractiveness of one's smile. However, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky want patients to recognize that the dangers of gum disease extend beyond oral health concerns.

“New research links the inflammation associated with periodontal disease to preterm birth, kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes,” said Dr. Krivitsky, who specializes in the therapeutic and cosmetic treatment of periodontal diseases. “It's crucial that people undergo regular exams to protect both their oral and overall bodily health.”

For people who are already suffering from gum disease, seeking treatment from an expert periodontist is crucial to preventing the condition from worsening. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky offer treatments such as periodontal scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar below the gum line and pocket reduction surgery to clean bacteria from the root surfaces of teeth. They can also help people with severe gum disease restore the beauty of their smile with procedures like gum grafts and dental implants.

“The most important thing for patients to understand is that help exists,” said Dr. Krivitsky. “Seeking treatment can help improve the health and appearance of your smile while protecting your overall bodily wellness.”

As the only two board-certified periodontists in the Brentwood area, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky offer state-of-the-art, innovative treatments for gum disease and a host of other periodontal issues and concerns. Possessing unique training in their field, they utilize only the most advanced technologies available to guarantee excellent therapeutic and cosmetic outcomes.

People who may be suffering from gum disease, or those interested in undergoing a periodontal procedure, can feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky by visiting http://www.implantperiocenter.com or by calling 310-826-8242. They can also take a gum disease risk quiz online.

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