Ensuring the health of your gums is essential for your overall well-being. When you come to Silverlake Dental Group for an examination, our skilled hygienists conduct a thorough periodontal assessment. In fact, as part of your examination, our team discreetly evaluates your oral health through various checks. Here’s everything you should know about periodontal disease.

Many Names, One Illness: Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease or gingivitis, involves inflammation and infection of the gums. These terms are often used interchangeably.

Signs & Symptoms: Symptoms of periodontal disease include swollen and red gums, as well as bleeding, particularly during brushing and flossing. Persistent bad breath can also indicate gum disease. If you experience any of these symptoms regularly, please reach out to our office.

Periodontal Disease Can Impact Your Overall Health: Your gum health is closely tied to your overall health. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bleeding gums, gum recession, and tooth loss. Moreover, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, this condition can increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

While you might primarily associate dental visits with checking your teeth, it’s important to understand that our team assesses more than just your teeth during your appointment. We evaluate your oral health comprehensively to understand its potential impact on your overall well-being. If you notice any signs or symptoms of periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to discuss them with our experienced team. We are trained to identify these signs and provide appropriate treatment.

For more information about your gum health or to schedule a visit, please contact Silverlake Dental Group. We are here to help you maintain healthy gums and overall oral health.

Silverlake Dental Group
Phone: (323) 922-6016
2390 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039


Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health, including early detection of oral cancer. At Silverlake Dental Group, Dr. Josh Barkhordar and our team are dedicated to identifying signs of oral cancer during comprehensive dental examinations.

Oral cancer can affect anyone, but certain groups are at a higher risk. Here are the top seven risk factors for oral cancer:

  1. Age: The risk of oral cancer increases with age, with a noticeable rise in people in their 40s and older. However, cases are also increasingly diagnosed in younger individuals, emphasizing the importance of regular screenings.
  2. Gender: Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women, although the gender difference is decreasing due to increased tobacco and alcohol use among women.
  3. Tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco significantly increases the risk of oral cancer, affecting various parts of the mouth and throat. Even non-smokers should undergo regular examinations.
  4. Alcohol: Heavy drinking can more than double the risk of developing oral cancer. However, oral cancer can still occur in non-drinkers, emphasizing the importance of screenings for all.
  5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV-related oral cancers are becoming increasingly common, particularly among younger individuals who are unlikely to smoke or drink heavily.
  6. Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer. Using UV protection, such as lip balms with UV filters, is essential for those who work outdoors.
  7. Diet: Poor nutrition, especially diets low in fruits and vegetables, can increase the risk of oral cancer. However, even individuals with a healthy diet should undergo regular screenings.

Oral cancer screenings are essential for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or lifestyle. Regular dental examinations enable early detection, which is crucial for successful treatment. Contact Silverlake Dental Group to schedule a comprehensive oral examination with Dr. Josh Barkhordar. Your oral health is our priority, and we are here to help you maintain a healthy smile.

Silverlake Dental Group
Phone: (323) 922-6016
2390 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039