The importance of preventing and treating gum disease.
At The Grove City Center for Dentistry, we recognize the importance of preventing and treating gum disease.
And, we are committed to using the most advanced technologies and innovations to provide you with the best treatments to improve your overall health.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease is a factor in developing certain life-threatening health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and other illnesses.
What is periodontal therapy at The Grove City Center for Dentistry?
At The Grove City Center for Dentistry, periodontal therapy is not just a single treatment or method. We incorporate several aspects of therapy to help improve your gum health and eliminate gum disease.
Our periodontal therapy treatment goal is to eliminate mouth odor and bleeding, and minimize gum pocket depths to get rid of additional bacterial infection.
We may recommend multiple visits to our office for a procedure called “scaling and root planing” which is a deep cleaning below the gum line. “Scaling” removes plaque and tartar above and below the gum line and even in the tooth “pocket.” Then, our Hygiene team will begin “root planing,” which helps smooth the roots of your teeth and helps the gum reattach to the tooth.
Depending on the severity of your gum disease, we may also recommend one of several types of oral antibiotics to help eliminate bacteria; as well as fluoride treatment, antibacterial rinses, and even electric toothbrushes like Sonicare to help improve your gum health.
We use an FDA-approved antibiotic as part of our periodontal therapy. We place this antibiotic in the pockets of infection beneath the gumline. Then, the medication works over time to eliminate the infection and bacteria affecting your teeth and gums.
Healthy gums should never bleed. If your gums bleed regularly, it may be an indication that you have gum disease. Please contact Dr. Simone and Dr. Lowe for a periodontal evaluation if this occurs.
What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?
Because periodontal disease is relatively symptom-free and painless in the initial stages, it can go untreated for a long time. At The Grove City Center for Dentistry, we can see common signs that you may have early or advanced stages of gum disease. These symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Tenderness, swelling, and redness of gums
- Bad breath
- Shifting or loose teeth
If you have one or more of these symptoms please contact The Grove City Center for Dentistry to make an appointment today.
How can you prevent gum disease?
You can prevent gum disease by maintaining a good oral health routine. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth and below the gum, so it is necessary to brush and floss regularly. Additionally, smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes can be high-risk factors for gum disease.
If you have additional questions about Periodontal Therapy, contact us at [email protected] or (614) 389-9264. Feel free to use our online contact form below, or even click to schedule a consultation online.