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Periodontal (Gum) Disease

What It Is and How To Fix It

The more serious form of gum disease, periodontal disease destroys gum tissue, which will lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal Dentistry is focused on your gums, and the bones around the teeth. You may have strong healthy teeth, but if there is no foundation, you will lose it if you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease.

Brushing twice and flossing once a day will help keep your mouth healthy. When you brush and floss, you are ridding your mouth of plaque, which is a sticky, milky looking substance that will stick to your teeth. If you do not brush and floss, the plaque will get hard and turn into tartar. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove tartar.

Did you know…

…more people suffer from gum disease than heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and cancer combined. More concerning is the fact that gum disease is painless and most of those affected are unaware.

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Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

Treatments for Gum Disease

Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, Dr. Ben may recommend a more comprehensive and detailed oral hygiene regime, which means brushing twice, or after meals and using a good toothpaste recommended by Centerport Dental. Flossing every day also helps remove plaque buildup. Dr. Ben also recommends rinsing with an antibacterial mouth rinse to kill mouth bacteria.

Root planing and scaling, laser treatment or the application of antibiotics into the pockets between your teeth and gums may also be prescribed for chronic periodontitis.

Even in advanced stages of gum disease, there are non-surgical treatment options available. These may include:

  • Periodontal therapy – a deep cleaning method utilizing microsonic technology that removes tartar and plaque adhered to the root surface beneath the gum line
  • Locally applied chemotherapeutic agents – an antibiotic treatment deposited into your infected gum pockets in order to kill all harmful bacteria
  • Laser treatment – low-level laser light therapy decreases bacterial levels, reduces inflammation, removes infected tissue, increases circulation, stimulates collagen formation, and improves bone and tissue healing. Lasers heal as they work, allowing gum tissue to improve faster, helping to arrest the progression of active periodontal disease.
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Personalized Gum Treatment

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call as soon as possible. During your scheduled appointment, we can diagnose the source of the symptoms and begin measures to restore your gums to pink and healthy. We can also arm you with important techniques to improve your oral hygiene, prevent gum disease, and help you keep your smile beautiful.

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