Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is a common yet reversible oral health problem. However, if gingivitis progresses, it can become periodontitis. Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an infection caused by harmful bacteria. A buildup of this bacteria on and around the gums can lead to gum recession and even eventual tooth loss. The Dentists of Newtown offer periodontal disease treatment to patients in Newtown, PA. They work with patients to fully understand their dental and health history as well as their current needs to provide a high quality of restorative dental care.
Signs of Gum Inflammation and Disease
Common symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis may include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing
- Receding gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Bite problems
- Pus between the gums
- Tooth or bone loss
Please contact our dental office if you have noticed any of these symptoms and we will create a customized treatment plan for you.
How to Treat and Prevent Gum Disease
Scaling and root planing are treatments that we can provide patients at routine dental visits. During a scaling treatment, we use a metal dental tool to remove plaque from around the gums. For root planing, we go further beneath the gums to smooth down the tooth roots. Root planing helps the tooth roots reattach to teeth.
For patients who already have gum disease, we will recommend gum grafting. During gum grafting treatment, we take healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth or body and place it where it is needed. This treatment benefits patients who have receded gums as a result of periodontitis.
The best ways to prevent gum inflammation from turning into gum disease is to:
- Maintain a good oral hygiene routine
- Refrain from using tobacco products
- Stay hydrated with water
Remember to schedule regular dental appointments every six months for dental cleanings and x-rays. We can provide thorough dental cleanings using specialized dental tools.
Restore Your Gum Health Today
Do you want to treat your developing gum problems? Request a dental appointment with our dental team online. You may also call our dental office today at 267-692-2394.