- April 18, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Gum disease is a serious condition that can indicate other serious ailments in the body and, without treatment, can lead to tooth loss.
Pennsylvania Periodontist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo has released his list of the top five signs of gum disease. People who exhibit these symptoms should consult their periodontist.
- Gums that are swollen, red, tender and/or bleed easily.
This can be one of the earliest signs of gum disease, said DiGiallorenzo, a Pennsylvania dental implants and periodontal disease specialist.
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.
Foods such as onions and garlic are accused of causing bad breath, but there also can be far more serious causes, said the Pennsylvania periodontics provider. In fact, gum disease is the No. 2 cause of bad breath. Gum disease can cause deep spaces between the gums and teeth to form, which provide a space for bacteria to live in. Often, waste products from this bacteria cause the bad breath, according to Animated-teeth.com.
- The teeth appear to be getting longer.
People with gum disease often begin to exhibit signs that their teeth are lengthening because the gums actually are receding, leaving more of the teeth exposed.
- Teeth feel loose and/or start to separate.
As the gums begin to recede, the teeth may begin to feel loose because there is less gum to provide support. They also may appear as though they are separating because the teeth get narrower beneath the gums and when the gums recede, spaces between the teeth become apparent.
- Pus appears between teeth and gums when the gums are pressed.
This is a sign of infection.
The Pennsylvania periodontists in DiGiallorenzo’s practice use the laser-assisted new attachment procedure- referred to as LANAP- to treat gum disease.
LANAP offers treatment that doesn’t require cutting the gums and suturing them back in place after the scaling and root planing is complete. It also provides a quicker recovery time for patients because it less invasive and less painful. LANAP also eliminates bacteria.
If you would like to learn more about the signs of gum disease or treating gum disease with LANAP, please call (610) 409-6064 in Collegeville; (570) 322-4741 in Williamsport; or visit Dr. DiGiallorenzo’s Web site: http://www.perioimplants.us/.
About Dr. David Digiallorenzo
Dr. David Digiallorenzo, or “Dr. D,” graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1993 and completed a specialty in periodontics and dental implantology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
He is a past associate clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics. He teaches nationally and internationally and is a regular contributor to dental literature.
Dr. D’s private practice in suburban Philadelphia concentrates on periodontics, dental implantology, advanced reconstructive case management and TMJ treatment. It is a unique dental spa with two full-time massage therapists that specialize in reflexology, reiki, massage, aromatherapy and homeopathy. This combination creates a relaxed, optimal healing response.
Dr. D has two office locations: 184 W. Main St., Ste. 200, in Collegeville, PA; and 121 E. Fourth St. in Williamsport, PA.
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