New Patients: (818) 210-3885
Existing Patients: (818) 345-5286
| 18399 Ventura Blvd #251, Tarzana, CA 91356
New Patients: (818) 210-3885

Existing Patients: (818) 345-5286
18399 Ventura Blvd #251
Tarzana, CA 91356


Early stage gum disease is easy to ignore. Yet, as it progresses, it can wreak havoc on oral health and overall wellness. Periodontics, is the area of dentistry devoted to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of gum disease, and it can literally be life-saving. SoCalSmiles Dental Office is well-qualified to provide care to patients in the Tarzana area.

Mouth-body connection

The mouth is gateway to the entire body. Damaging bacteria that cause gum disease, attacking soft tissues, ligaments, and bone, travel throughout the body. Gum disease has been linked to serious health conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Respiratory problems
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Pregnancy complications
Periodontics Tarzana

Treating gum disease

Gum disease is largely preventable with good oral hygiene and regular cleanings. Gingivitis, the early stage characterized by puffy gums that bleed easily, is reversible with professional treatment. This may consist of more frequent hygiene appointments, improved home care and nutrition, tobacco cessation, and special oral rinses.

Periodontal maintenance

Please do not hesitate to seek treatment no matter how progressed your case might be. Even at advanced stages of periodontal disease, we can improve your condition and stem its impact on your health.

Depending on severity, we may recommend:

  • Antibiotics – Topical or oral treatment to fight infection.
  • Deep cleaning – A procedure called scaling and root planing to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria from root surfaces. This allows gum tissue to reestablish a tight seal to teeth.
  • Soft tissue surgery – In some cases, diseased tissue must be removed. With a periodontist on staff, this procedure is performed at our office.

Advanced care for gum disease

Dr. Allison Yen is one of the staff doctors at SoCalSmiles Dental Office. Dr. Yen has postgraduate training in periodontics from University of Illinois, a Master’s degree in oral sciences, and has conducted research in wound healing. Her skills bring a higher level of care in periodontics to patients in the Tarzana area. Call (818) 210-3885 for an appointment.