Gentle Gum Disease Treatment Is Possible In Plainville, CT
- October 7, 2016
Would you know if you have gum disease? Do you know where you will go for gum disease treatment?
We will tell you the answer to the first question in a moment. The answer to the section question should be Gentle Dental Care if you live in or near Plainville, CT.
Our dentist, Thomas J. Peltzer, D.M.D., is as concerned about making you feel comfortable as he is about your oral health. That’s reflected in the name of our practice, and it’s reinforced by the way you are treated by every member of our staff when you visit us.
Make an appointment today whether you are seeking periodontal treatment or you want to prevent periodontal disease from developing.
The Symptoms Of Gum Disease
An important step is preventing and treating gum disease is knowing what to look for. Healthy gums are pinkish in color and they do not bleed when you brush or floss between your teeth and gums. Gums with periodontal disease look red or swollen and will bleed during your routine oral care.
These are the symptoms of gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis. This is a more advanced form of gum disease and its symptoms include the following:
☐ Tender, sore, or painful gums
☐ Gums that bleed easily
☐ Constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
☐ Separation between your gums and teeth (receding gums)
☐ Loose teeth
Dr. Peltzer hopes you never experience these symptoms. If you do, however, you should notice any of these signs, please call us at soon as possible at 860-479-2397 to make an appointment.
The only effective treatments for periodontitis should be administered by dental professionals, like our team at Gentle Dental Care.
Gum Disease Treatments
Now you know where to do for professional gum disease treatments, so what is involved in this process?
The first thing we want you to remember is that we want you to feel comfortable throughout the process. We can use local anesthetic or sedation dentistry to assure that you don’t feel any pain during your gum disease treatment.
Bacteria cause periodontal disease to develop. With gingivitis, the damage is limited to your gums, but with periodontitis, the infection can start to eat into the bone that holds your teeth in place.
That combined with your receding gums helps to explain why gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
Fortunately for our patients, Dr. Peltzer has extensive training in periodontal treatment.
We prefer to start with a conservative approach. Deep cleanings can be used to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup around the roots of your teeth. Antibiotics also may be used to fight the infection and reduce the risk of another one.
If this is effective at removing your infection, the next step will be follow up treatments every three months to monitor the health of your gums for a possible recurrence of the infection.
In more serious cases, periodontal surgery may be necessary. Again, Dr. Peltzer’s training and experience will benefit you or your loved ones should you ever find yourself dealing late-stage periodontal disease.
We’re just a phone call away if you should need us at 860-479-2397.
Preventive Gum Disease
Preventive care is always the best approach to any oral health problem. That’s especially true for gum disease and tooth decay since either can lead to bigger oral health concerns.
The three steps you should follow to prevent gum disease are things you already know that you should be doing.
► Brush your teeth twice a day.
► Clean between your teeth and gums daily.
► Visit Gentle Dental Care for regular professional cleanings.
When you brush your teeth, be sure to scrub your teeth for two minutes at a time on all sides with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Dental floss is the most common way to clean between your teeth. You also can use flossers or water flossers as an alternative.
Gingivitis often develops when people aren’t following those steps. If you see the symptoms of gingivitis, you often can reverse them by brushing and flossing like you should.
Come To See Us To Keep Your Gums Healthy
You should be making appointments with at our dentist office if you live in or near Plainville, CT, no matter what condition your gums are in. If you have gum disease, Dr. Peltzer or our hygienist can let you know what to do about it. If you don’t have gum disease, then we want to do everything we can to keep your gums as healthy as they can be.
Call 860-479-2397 or fill out our online form to make your next appointment. New patients are always welcome.