Healthy Mouth Tips

Did you know that you may have gum disease? Many Americans have some form of gum disease and do not even know it. If you are not familiar with what gum disease is, it is an infection that occurs in the tissues that surround your teeth. Without proper treatment, it can lead to both tooth and bone loss. There are two types of gum disease, which include gingivitis and periodontitis. You may be wondering what exactly causes gum disease and he answer is plaque. When left on your teeth, it irritates the gums, causes bacteria to form, and leads to infection.

Worried about the health of your gums? Reach out to Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry in La Habra, CA today.

What Are the Warning Signs?

There are several warning signs that indicate there is a problem with your gums, and they include:

  • Persistent bad taste in the mouth or bad breath
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together or the fit of partial dentures
  • Tender, red, or swollen gums
  • Permanent teeth that are separated or loose
  • Receding gums

Risk Factors for Developing Gum Disease

Here are some of the risk factors associated with developing gum disease:

  • Pregnancy
  • Poor dental care
  • Diabetes
  • Chewing or smoking tobacco
  • Medications
  • Genetics
  • Misaligned or crooked teeth that can be hard to care for

  • What Should You Do?

    If you think that you may have gum disease, it is vital that you speak with our team here in La Habra, CA. The sooner that we are able to provide treatment to your gums, the better. The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and during this stage, you may experience some tenderness, swollen, or red gums that often bleed easily, especially when you floss your teeth. During this initial stage, gum disease is easy to reverse and can be done right here in our office.

    If gum disease is not treated when it is gingivitis, it becomes periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease. When this happens, it can lead to both bone and tooth loss and you may even start to notice that the teeth in your mouth shift around. Periodontitis can occur at any age, which means it is crucial for you to continue to have routine dental checkups. Typically, periodontitis forms slowly but there are times of rapid progression and aggressive periodontitis can mean quick bone and tooth loss.

    The team at Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry is here to help you keep your teeth and gums in healthy shape. If you suspect that you may have gum disease, it is important to seek out professional oral care in La Habra, CA immediately. Gum disease can be reversed, but it must be caught early on to stop it. Call us today!


3 months ago

Look No Further!

I have been going to Dr. Cho Dentistry for over 20 years since I was a teenager, and now I take my whole family there. The staff is great and Dr. Cho is a true professional. Highly recommended!

2 months ago

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Great staff. Clean office. Dr. Cho his gentle and explains everything well. You actually won't mind going to the dentist!

2 months ago

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As always I have the best experience at my dentists office!! Thank you 😊

Anthony Delos Santos

5 months ago

Finally, Honest Dentist in La Habra, CA

Very friendly and welcoming staff during my visit, Dr. Cho addressed all my issues and concerns in a professional manner.

Claud Collins

4 months ago

Excellent Staff

Best dentist around I have been going to this dentist for about 25 years or more they have a great staff to.thanks for being so helpful

Lindsay Weatherford

9 months ago

Thank you Dr. Cho!

Dr. Cho has been my dentist for about a year, after my family and I relocated to the area last year. Very recently I experienced tremendous tooth pain in one of my back molars. I called the office a...

Veronica Ramírez

6 months ago

Great Office!

New patient for examination and cleaning: Arrived early 11:48 am for 12:00pm appointment, had paperwork filled out by 12:01, called to the back at 12:16. Had full x- rays, photographs -in my opinion unnecessary - and a panoramic x-ray - which was a bad image as the bottom half of the image was obstructed by the lead apron. The dentist exam included deep poking of gums to check for gum pockets, heavy hands noted toward the back teeth which resulted in bleeding - I brush and floss regularly and never bleed from flossing, however, dentist recommendation was “gum treatment, ” which is essentially a deep cleaning under local anesthesia in all 4 quadrants, this is not fully covered by the insurance, I was quoted $600 out of pocket. I declined stating “I will not pay that.” The regular cleaning was not performed as I declined the deep cleaning, no other option. Just felt like the deep cleaning should be reserved for people with symptomatic gum disease, including symptoms such as bleeding or red gums - both of which I do not experience. I’m definitely getting a second opinion and recommend always getting a second opinion if a dentist readily “recommends” a “gum treatment” on the very first visit, which may be unnecessary and lead to unwarranted invasive treatment with possible complications.

Alejandra Barquero

4 months ago

Dr. Cho is Awesome

I visited Dr.Cho’s office after reading amazing yelp reviews. I was extremely hesitant to make an appointment at first due to my bad history with other dentists but now I am so glad I did. The front...

John H.

7 days ago

We Love Dr. Cho

Great Dentist!

Lisa W., Patient

Great personal care

Dr. Kenneth Cho is a dentist that we trust. My family and I have been going to his office for 20+ years. He was the first dentist for both of my children (now collage age), and they still go to him. He can take care of every need for oral health including braces. No need to go from place to place, and everyone in the office is friendly and helpful.