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Garden Grove

12777 Valley View St. #282
Garden Grove, CA 92845
Phone: (714) 898-8757

Diamond Bar

620 N Diamond Bar Blvd
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Phone: (909) 861-3043



Frequently Asked Questions:



  • Can I pass my periodontal disease to others?
  • What kinds of oral care products should I use to prevent gum disease?
  • How do I choose oral care products?
  • I'm over 55. Does this mean I'm more likely to get gum disease?
  • What can I do to avoid gum disease?


Can I pass my periodontal disease to others?




Gum disease may be passed from parents to children and between couples, according to articles in the June and September 1997 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.


Researchers suggest that bacteria causing periodontal disease are passed though saliva. This means that when a family or couple comes into contact with each other's saliva, they're at risk for contracting the gum disease of another family member. Based on this research, the American Academy of Periodontology recognizes that treatment of gum disease may involve entire families. If one family member has gum disease, the AAP recommends that all family members see a dental professional for a periodontal disease screening.  

Further Reading:


 - S Asikainen, C Chen, S Alaluusua and J Slots. Can one acquire periodontal bacteria and periodontitis from a family member? J Am Dent Assoc 1997;128;1263-1271


 - Harold Slavkin, First encounters: transmission of infectious oral diseases from mother to child, J Am Dent Assoc 1997;128;773-778

 - ADA News -Gum disease may increase risk of heart disease, JADA, Vol. 128, May 1997


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What kinds of oral care products should I use to prevent gum disease?



Here are some guidelines for choosing dental care products – what works for most patients most of the time. To find out what is best for your particular needs, talk to your periodontist or your periodontal hygienst.


Begin with the right equipment – a soft bristled toothbrush that allows you to reach every surface of each tooth. If the bristles on your toothbrush are bent or frayed, buy a new one. A worn-out brush will not clean your teeth properly.

  Colgate Wave   Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush   Colgate 360 Toothbrush   Colgate Navigator Toothbrush   Colgate Motion Electric Toothbrush   Colgate Whitening Toothbrush     Colgate Wave  Colgate Total Professional Toothbrush 'soft' is the key word


In addition to manual toothbrushes, your choices include automatic toothbrushes and 'high tech' electronic toothbrushes. These are safe and effective for the majority of patients.


                                                                                                            Oral-B Triumph Electric Toothbrush     


Sonicare electric toothbrush                                                                       OralB electric toothbrush


Oral irrigators (water spraying devices) will not remove plaque from your teeth unless used in conjunction with brushing and flossing.


Another aid is the rubber tip, often found on the handle end of a toothbrush used to massage the gums after brushing and flossing.


Other options include interproximal toothbrushes (tiny brushes that clean plaque between teeth) and interdental cleaners (small sticks or picks that remove plaque between teeth). If used improperly, these dental aids can injure the gums, so it is important to discuss proper use with your periodontist.

GUM?StimulatorGUM products by Butler


Proxi-Tip by AIT/Tess 


Toothpaste.  There is nothing magical about toothpastes, except three essential components: 1. Fluoride, 2. soap agent, 3. fragerance/flavouring. The only therapeutic ingredient is fluoride, which is known to reduce the incidence of dental decay. Some of the additives in common toothpastes are not necessary and could in fact be more abrasive and harmful with long term use.  Please stay away from over-the-counter toothpastes that claim 'whitening' or 'sensitivity control.'  Patients with history of peridontal diseases ususlly suffer from gum recession and exposure of the tooth root surfaces, which often cause sensitivities and is at higher risk for decay. Fluoridated toothpastes of prescription strength is very commonly used in these situations. PLease conslt your dental professionals for further advise.

 Colgate PreviDent 5000 Dry Mouth (Rx only) 


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 How do I choose oral care products?


Choose products that carry the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance – an important symbol of a dental product's safety and effectiveness


The ADA Seal of Acceptance

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is seen as a standard for oral health care products.

Link to American Dental Association


Most of these recommended products are available at Dr. Kim's practices. Please consult with our team members for the best products, indications and where/how to purchase them.


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I'm over 55. Does this mean I'm more likely to get gum disease?


Your chances of developing gum disease increase considerably as you get older. More than half of people aged 55 and older have periodontitis. The good news is that research suggests that these higher rates may be related to risk factors other than age. So, periodontal disease is not an inevitable part of aging.


Risk factors that may make older people more susceptible include general health status, diminished immune status, medications, depression, worsening memory, diminished salivary flow, functional impairments and change in financial status.




Link to Dr. Kim's Lecture Series on Geriatric Dentistry to UCLA dental students.


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What can I do to avoid gum disease?


To keep your teeth for a lifetime, you must remove the plaque from your teeth and gums every day with proper brushing and flossing.


Regular dental visits are also important. Daily cleaning will help keep calculus formation to a minimum, but it won't completely prevent it.


A professional cleaning at least twice a year is necessary to remove calculus from places your toothbrush and floss may have missed.



Many periodontal patients are expected to be on professional maintenance programs taylor-fitted to the needs, as well as risk profiles particular to the condition. Most patients with history of periodontal diseases and the ones who has had dental implants do come and see our dental hygienists and specialists every 3-4 months on average.


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Call Dr. Kim's practices at:

714-898-9857 Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Cypress, Anaheim, Buena Park areas

909-861-3043 Diamond Bar, Chino, Roland Heights, Yorba Linda, Walnut areas