Did you know: 80% of American Adults have Gum Disease?

If you have red or swollen gums, bad breath, or other uncomfortable symptoms, you may have gum disease.
At most dental offices, patients with these symptoms are referred outside the practice to a Periodontist (Gum Disease Specialists) for multiple appointments at multiple offices to treat their gums. At Gentle Dental, we are a multi-specialty practice with Periodontists on staff. Our Doctors, Hygienists, and Periodontists work together to identify and treat gum disease early to help patients keep and maintain healthy teeth. The good news is that when detected early, gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease, is reversible.
Schedule an appointment today, to start your the path toward a lifetime of good health.

What is Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, starts from a buildup of plaque on the teeth. The bacteria in plaque irritates the gums which kick starts the body’s immune system’s inflammatory response as the first step to fight off bacteria, viruses, and foreign substances that have been introduced to the body. With gum disease, the body’s reaction to bacteria is the reason gums become red, swollen, and start to bleed when brushing and flossing. Over time, this can cause the loss of bone which holds teeth in place.
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How Does Periodontal Disease Progress
There are several stages of gum disease from early gum disease (Gingivitis) to advanced gum disease (Periodontitis). The treatment for early gum disease is a comfortable procedure called periodontal therapy, sometimes called Scaling and Root planning or “deep cleaning?. This procedure targets the area below your gum line where flossing and brushing do not reach. The procedure is performed using local anesthesia by our qualified hygienists and dentists. The good news is that the earlier gum disease is detected, the more easily it can be treated.

The plaque, calculus (tartar), and bacteria hiding on the surfaces of your teeth below the gum line will be gently removed. Doing so allows the swelling of the gums to go down, the bleeding to stop, and the gums to reattach to the teeth. This helps prevent continued bone and tooth loss.Sometimes a procedure called periodontal debridement is recommended to remove the surface layer of bacteria just above the gum line to allow better access to the underlying disease.

If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. This treatment will be completed by a periodontist.

Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. At Gentle Dental, your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.