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Gum Disease 101: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

  • August 19, 2016

At the LANAP and Implant Center, we focus on safe, comfortable care to treat gum disease (as well as a variety of other dental problems). But what is gum disease? Gum disease is a highly misunderstood dental affliction — many people do not understand the severity of leaving it untreated. Today, we want to help you learn more about gum disease, signs to look for, how we can help you treat it, and what to do to make sure it never wreaks havoc in your mouth again. Please contact our dental team in Collegeville or Williamsport, PA if you have any questions or concerns.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease, a condition characterized by an infection of the gum tissue, is a little bit mysterious when it comes to symptoms, largely because it can actually be completely symptomless in its early stages. You may not even know you have it! This simple fact is why it is so important to maintain regular dental visits … our team can detect tiny signs of gum disease long before you would notice any discomfort at home. By diagnosing the problem early, we can eliminate your infection before it causes any major oral health problems.

If you DO notice symptoms of gum disease (and these may happen throughout a variety of early, moderate, and advanced stages), please seek treatment immediately. Many people thing bleeding gums is normal — but it isn’t. It is a sure sign that something is wrong. Get the treatment you need as soon as possible if you notice signs of:

  • bleeding gums
  • swollen gums
  • tender gums
  • red gums
  • receding gums
  • chronic bad breath
  • loose or shifting teeth

Gum Disease Treatment Options

If do notice signs of gum disease, don’t panic — we can help. Our team is specially trained to offer effective gum disease treatment using laser technology. This technology, called LANAP, is designed to help remove diseased gum tissue and promote healing without the need for scalpels, stitches, or bleeding. The process is virtually painless and help you receive the treatment you need without stress or discomfort.

In addition to laser gum disease treatment, we may use a variety of medications and nutritional therapy to improve your health. Schedule a visit with our team to learn more about what we can do to help get your oral health situation back on track.

Preventing Gum Disease

Fortunately, gum disease is something easily preventable. By following the three prevention tips below, you can protect yourself against the harmful consequences of gum disease.

Good Home Hygiene — Do you brush your teeth twice per day and floss at least once? If not, you are putting yourself at risk of developing gum disease. By maintaining good home oral hygiene habits, you can keep your mouth clean and reduce your risk for gum disease. For advice on brushing and flossing techniques, please speak with our team.
Proper Nutrition — Eating the right foods can really help reduce your chances of developing gum disease. It is very important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in order to stay healthy. Talk to our team if you are concerned that you are not eating a heathy diet.

Regular Dental Visits — However, simple hygiene and nutrition may not be enough to keep gum disease at bay. Some people are simply genetically inclined to develop gum disease! Regardless of your situation, regular dental appointments are needed to ensure that gum disease does not take hold in your mouth. This is one of the most important steps in preventing oral health complications due to gum disease.

Make An Appointment

Have you noticed signs of gum disease? Has it simply been a long time since you saw a dental health care professional? Our team would be happy to help you schedule a visit to our office. To book your visit, please give us a call. You can reach our Collegeville office at 610-617-4000 or our Williamsport office at 570-505-5565. We would be delighted to help you schedule an appropriate date and time for your appointment.

Gum disease can have nasty consequences. Don’t let something with such a simple fix ruin your oral health. Our team can’t wait to hear from you.