Los Angeles Dental Arts -  - General & Cosmetic Dentist

Theodore Burnett, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA

Gum Disease Specialist

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss, but it’s also a highly preventable, and reversible condition. If you notice tenderness along your gumlines and bleeding when you brush or floss, don’t waste any time: Call Theodore Burnett, DDS, at Los Angeles Dental Arts in Los Angeles to get treated and preserve your natural teeth. Or, you can book an appointment online.

Gum Disease Q&A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a disease caused by bacteria in dental plaque. To fight the bacteria, your body’s immune system kicks in and releases substances that cause your gums to become inflamed and bleed.

What are the stages and symptoms of gum disease?

Gum disease starts out innocently enough, but left unchecked, can lead to serious dental problems. Here’s a look at the progression of gum disease:


As bacteria builds up in the plaque on your teeth, especially along your gumline, your body works to protect itself against the bacteria. That's the first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis. The principal signs of gingivitis are inflammation and bleeding in your gums.


If the gum disease progresses, your gums begin to detach from your teeth, which creates pockets where more bacteria-filled plaque can build up. These pockets are hard to reach with regular brushing and, left unchecked, cause damage to the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place.

During the periodontitis stage of gum disease, the inflammation and bleeding in your gums become more pronounced, and your gums may begin to recede.

Advanced periodontitis

If your gum disease isn’t treated during the earlier stages and continues unabated, the connective bones and tissue that hold your teeth deteriorate, and your teeth begin to come loose and shift.

The good news is that Dr. Burnett can treat gum disease at any stage to try and avoid tooth loss, but, as with any disease, the earlier the treatment, the better the results.

How is gum disease treated?

The importance of addressing gum disease in its early stages can't be understated. If you catch the disease early enough, sometimes an aggressive cleaning is all it takes to halt the gum disease in its tracks and reverse the damage.

If Dr. Burnett can't easily treat the gum disease with a deep cleaning, he turns to more aggressive, yet non-surgical, options, including:

  • Laser cleaning therapy
  • Scaling and root planing

If your gum disease has caused significant damage to your tissue and bone, Dr. Burnett sits down with you to review surgical options that may help you avoid tooth loss.

If you suspect your gums are in trouble, don’t delay, call Los Angeles Dental Arts right away, or book an appointment online.


We accept the majority of dental insurance plans. We also accept Care Credit. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

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Words from our patients

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    "This was the first time I ever felt comfortable talking about my teeth and not once felt judged or shamed. I truly recommend Dr. Burnett and his staff."

    Candice B.
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    "Everyone here is great! Very professional, friendly and above all very CLEAR with setting expectations. "

    Nancy N.
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    "The care that my family received was professional, consistently excellent, with state of the art technology and technique."

    Reginald H.
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    "The care that my family received was professional, consistently excellent, with state of the art technology and technique."

    Reginald H.
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    " Dr Burnett is very personable and shows great enthusiasm for the care of my family. He truly sets the tone for his staff which creates a wonderful experience."

    Clinton B.
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    "I highly recommend Los Angeles Dental Arts to anyone looking for a dentist who sees you as more than just a set of teeth. At this place, they treat you like family."

    Summer S.
Los Angeles Dental Arts
8540 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 918

Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 424-266-8508
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