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Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

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Dr Kawai has been one of the most helpful and outstanding dentists that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. I've been going to him for the last eight years, but since I have moved away from the area, I can say that I no longer come here. I can only give him and his wonderful staff a five-star recommendation.

His staff has always given me helpful advice to maintaining my dental health, and to this day, I have not had a cavity or serious oral problem. If you're in the Palos Verdes area and are looking for a reliable dentist that pays attention to detail, I would definitely suggest paying Dr. Kawai a visit.

Steve N.

I had a couple of dental problems spring up. My regular dentist, whom I've been seeing for years, I felt, didn't do a good job. I wanted to get a second opinion for treatment and went to see Dr. Kawai as well as a couple of other dentists. He was kind, professional, very thorough and seemed to be an excellent dentist. He even caught a cracked tooth. I would recommend this dentist and am seriously considering switching dentists.

Chris K.

Fantastic dentist! I have been seeing him since I was a kid. Friendly, trustworthy, and reliable. He is available for emergencies and NEVER tries to upsell any product or try to do an unnecessary procedure. Side story: I went to another dentist while away at college and he said i had a cavity. I said i wanted another opinion and took the xrays home. I saw Dr. Kawai and he did an oral inspection, viewed the x-rays, and told me that was just a stain on my tooth, nothing to worry about! 8 years later, still no cavity on that tooth!

Sadly, the only downside is he does not take United Concordia, so i have to see another dentist. But if there are any serious issues, i will still go to him for a second opinion because i trust him implicitly!

Amanda H.

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