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Three Signs You May Have Periodontal Problems

  • October 10, 2016

Here at the LANAP and Implant Center, located in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA, our dental team is dedicated to helping each and every one of our patients maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. One way we do this is by helping them combat gum disease! Periodontal problems can be sneaky and you may not know you have them until it is too late! Let’s talk about what gum disease is, the symptoms, and how our office can help you! Please contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns.

How We Can Help

Dr. DiGiallorenzo has specialized training in Periodontics, the study of your gums and the underlying bone. He is widely respected by patients and his peers alike in this field. It’s fortunate that he has two convenient PA locations, Collegeville and Williamsport, where you can receive his expert care.

Because of his experience and his expertise, Dr. DiGiallorenzo treats gum disease in his patients with cutting-edge technology like LANAP laser therapy to eradicate infections and restore the health of your smile.

In just one visit to LANAP and Implant Center, your mouth will be free of the bacteria harming your teeth and gums. The special lasers used for LANAP are able to treat your infected gum tissue without harming the surrounding areas of healthy gums. This means less pain and faster healing for you.

LANAP is also FDA approved and the only treatment that actually triggers bone regrowth and has a more successful rate of gum reattachment than other techniques. Gum reattachment following treatment is incredibly important. By closing up the pockets of space between your gums and the roots of your teeth, bacteria will not have anywhere to thrive.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums caused by an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Gum disease begins as plaque, the filmy substance that coats your teeth between brushing. If not effectively removed by brushing and flossing, plaque can harden into tartar. Tartar must be removed by your hygienists. Tartar left to linger beneath the gumline can become gum disease.

The earlier gum disease is addressed the less damage your teeth and gums with endure. Although you might not be aware you have gum disease until it enters the advanced stages these are some common signs to be aware of.

#1: Bleeding Gums

Many people think that bleeding gums are normal. They definitely are not. Even a small amount of pink on your toothbrush can mean you have gum disease. If you notice your gums are irritated, it may be possible to treat them for gum disease before they get to the point of bleeding.

#2: Bad Breath

Almost everyone has had bad breath at some point! However, when your bad breath is prolonged or chronic, it is a sign of gum disease. The same bacteria that builds up in your mouth and causes gum disease can also cause a foul odor. That foul odor will be impossible to get rid of permanently without treating your gums.

#3: Receding Gums

Gum recession is a major sign of gum disease. If you are noticing that your gums are pulling away from your teeth, you have probably noticed other signs of gum disease as well. You should take immediate action now or the step sign could be tooth loss.

Your gum tissue supports and protects the roots of your teeth. When gum tissue recedes, your tooth roots are exposed to bacteria. This puts them at risk for sensitivity problems as well as infection. If you have receding gums, get the care you need from Dr. DiGiallorenzo.

How Gum Disease Can Be Avoided

It is possible to prevent gum disease by thoroughly brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You’ll also want to see your dentist regularly for professional teeth cleanings. Busy lives can make it difficult to maintain this routine.

So it may come as no surprise that the CDC reports that half of American adults are afflicted with gum disease. And that number increase to 70% if you’re over the age of 65. By coming in for a consultation we can conduct a thorough comprehensive exam and give you an accurate understanding of the state of your gums.

Don’t let gum disease lead to tooth loss, make an appointment today. Call us at 610-228-4366 to reach our Collegeville office or 570-505-6908 to reach us in Williamsport. You can also reserve an appointment by filling out our online form.