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Gum Disease Treatment

Symptoms of Gum Disease

There are many warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease (periodontitis) including:

  • Tender gums
  • Bad Breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Presence of pus
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gums pulling away from the teeth
  • Gaps formed between teeth
  • Other concerning oral issues

Causes of Gum Disease

Infections in the mouth are caused by germs, which can be removed from the mouth during a cleaning. If they are not taken care of, they will first infect the gums, causing gingivitis. After that, it can start infecting the jaw bone around the teeth which is called periodontitis.

Both are serious periodontal conditions that affect millions of people and is actually the number one cause of tooth loss. If not treated as early as possible, the body’s response to these bacterial toxins can progressively continue, become more destructive and become a significant health risk.

Treatments for Gum Disease

To combat gum disease, procedures called scaling and root planing are used. Dental plaque is removed from the surfaces and scaling is used to smooth the exposed surfaces of the root. This helps to remove the dental plaque and tartar which contains bacteria that can release inflammation-causing toxins. The smoother surface of the roots will also work to prevent future plaque buildup.

Maintaining Your Oral Health

Aftercare involves making sure that the mouth stays disinfected. Antibiotics will be used near the roots to fight any potential infections, but proper oral hygiene can help as well. There is the risk of gum pockets forming as well, so continued proper oral hygiene is crucial.

Have you experienced any of the above-listed symptoms and are concerned you may have gum disease? Give our office a call to set up a consultation.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.