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A person suffering from periodontal disease can experience a range of symptoms, including:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, red, inflamed gum tissue
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Lost teeth
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Tooth sensitivity
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It is extremely important that these conditions are resolved quickly. Early intervention involves less invasive procedures. If the periodontal disease has advanced, more extensive treatment will be required to restore the mouth, teeth, and gums to a healthy condition.

The Links Between Periodontal Disease and Serious Health Conditions

Research reveals that periodontal disease affects more than just the teeth and gums; several studies show that ongoing cases of periodontal disease are linked to heart disease, or can make existing heart conditions worse. Other studies reveal that stroke victims have oral infections at higher numbers. The connection between gum diseases and diabetes, poor outcomes for pregnancy, and some cancers have come to light in research studies. It is imperative that periodontal diseases are treated as early as possible to protect your general health, as well as restore a healthier condition to your mouth, teeth and gums.

Types of Periodontal Disease

Cases of periodontal disease vary in severity and symptoms, each requiring specific periodontic procedures to treat:

  • Chronic periodontitis: as plaque builds up on the teeth and below the gum, the gums become unhealthy, swollen, red, puffy, or bleed. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the gums can begin to recede, revealing the tooth roots and leading to pain, bad breath, and an unpleasant appearance to the teeth and gums.
  • Aggressive periodontitis: This is a very serious condition that advances quickly, with the gum tissue rapidly receding, and teeth becoming detached from the gum tissue. This form of periodontal disease must be treated very quickly or severe damage can occur. It is linked to a problem in the immune system, and a full evaluation of the person’s overall health should occur if this form of gum disease is present.
  • Necrotic periodontal disease: Far less common, necrotic periodontal disease includes the death of gum, ligament, and bone due to a limited supply of blood reaching the area. This level of periodontal disease is most frequently found in people with a suppressed immune system due to disease or cancer treatments.
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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

May 2020

Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • All patients must wear a mask when entering the office.
  • Anyone accompanying you will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • Upon arrival at your appointment your temperature will be taken for the safety of all staff and patients.
  • Prior to receiving treatment you will be asked to rinse with an antimicrobial for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • UV Air purifiers have been placed throughout the office.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time, so we ask that you do your best to be on time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (626)798-7834 or visit our website at pasadenasmilecenter@yahoo.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Sincerely, Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. & Team

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