A Gentle Approach To Gum Disease Prevention And Treatment

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Did you know that more than half of American adults are living with a moderate to severe form of gum disease that can’t be cured?

But there is some good news. With proper care, gum disease can be managed, and the damage can be repaired. When you partner with a knowledgeable team of dental professionals, like the ones you’ll find at Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, you’ll be able to get your gum health back on track!

Whether you need to eradicate infection or repair damage caused by unmanaged gum disease, our Quakertown, PA office can help.

Read on for more information about gum disease, as well as ways we can work with you toward improved gum health. Then, give us a call at (215) 804-4777 to schedule an appointment.


Gum Disease 101


Gum disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding your teeth. When food debris in your mouth isn’t properly removed with brushing and flossing, it attracts nasty bacteria that can build up along and below your gumline.

This is why flossing is so important: It removes the leftover food particles that cause infection.

There are two types of gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease is mild and is called gingivitis. At this stage, your gums might become reddened or irritated, but many people often don’t realize there’s anything wrong.

But it’s important to properly treat gum disease at this stage because once it becomes a more serious form of gum disease, called periodontitis, it can’t really be cured. It can only be managed.

Periodontitis can be detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth, but also to your health overall. Unmanaged gum disease has been linked to an increased likelihood of diabetes, heart disease, and other health complications, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.


The Signs Of Gum Disease


Gum disease often goes unnoticed until it has caused severe damage to your gums and teeth. Routinely seeing the dentist for checkups and cleanings will make it easier to catch gum disease early and intervene properly, since they’re trained to spot the signs of gum disease.

But here are some warning signs that you might notice if you have gum disease:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while you brush or floss
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth
  • A change in the way your teeth or dental restorations fit
  • Gumline recession
  • Loose teeth

If you notice any of the following, give Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care a call. Gum disease doesn’t go away on its own. We’ll get you on the road to recovery fast!


Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment


In its early stages, the infection can often be eradicated with a thorough cleaning of the gumline. While flossing and other preventative measures are the first line of defense against gum disease, we’re proud to offer nonsurgical gum disease treatments if you need a more aggressive solution.

If you’re suffering from moderate to severe gum disease, we might perform a procedure called scaling and root planing. This two-step procedure involves removing bacteria from along and below the gumline. Then, we carefully smooth the roots of your teeth to discourage future bacterial growth.


A Virtually Painless Solution To Gum Recession


We can also repair gum recession caused by more severe cases of gum disease. As soon as you see signs that your gums are pulling away from your teeth — such as an elongated look to your teeth or increased sensitivity — it’s important to address the damage.

Left untreated, gumline recession can create “pockets,” or gaps between your teeth and your gumline. Bacteria can build up in these pockets, threatening the structural integrity of the roots of your teeth. In time, this can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss.

Usually, the gumline is restored with a gum graft procedure, which involves removing a small amount of tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and securing it over the receded gumline. This encourages growth of healthy tissue.

But Dr. Roeder offers a more comfortable approach: an innovative and virtually painless procedure called the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique! It involves no surgical cutting and no sutures. Plus, it requires significantly less chair time and recovery time than gum grafting!

With the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, Dr. Roeder creates several tiny holes in the gum tissue. Then, using special tools, he’ll reposition the gums to restore a healthy gumline.

Not every dentist is qualified to perform this procedure, but Dr. Roeder was among the first in the state of Pennsylvania to offer it!


Let’s Fight Gum Disease


At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we can help you fight gum disease, no matter how mild or severe your case.

If you’re looking for gentle care when it comes to your gums, give us a call at (215) 804-4777 to schedule an appointment. You can also fill out our convenient online form!