Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is an early stage of gum disease. Also known as periodontitis, gum disease is a highly damaging dental problem that not only affects the gums but the whole smile. Dr. Jeffrey Bellisario and Dr. David Robbins offer periodontal disease treatment to patients in Ardmore, PA.
With their dental team, they help restore the teeth and gums affected by gum disease with deep cleanings and antibacterial treatments. These treatments remove harmful bacteria that build up and beneath the gums. Over time, gum inflammation can impact the health of the heart as the infection enters the bloodstream. Early intervention is the key to reversing the effects of gum disease.
Common Symptoms of Gum Disease
Signs of gum inflammation and disease often include:
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Red and purple-tinged gums
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Sensitive and inflamed gums
- Swollen and tender gums
- Gum recession
Please contact our dental office if you notice changes in your gum health. Our dentists will find the right solution to stop your symptoms.
How to Prevent and Treat Gum Disease
Thre are several ways patients can stop the development of gum disease:
- At-Home Dental Care: Brushing and flossing twice a day helps minimize bacteria buildup on the teeth and gums. Flossing before brushing helps remove food debris from between the teeth for a better clean. A consistent oral hygiene routine is often the best defense against gum disease.
- Antibacterial Rinses: We typically use antibacterial rinses at regular dental visits. These rinses prevent microbe growth that causes gum disease.
- Laser Dentistry: We provide soft tissue laser treatment to remove infected gum tissue. Dental lasers can also be used to graft healthy tissue from another part of the mouth to cover receding gums.
- Routine In-Office Dental Cleanings: Our dental hygienists offer deep cleaning services to remove plaque and tartar from the gums. They use specialized dental tools to remove hard calculus deposits. These deposits can form in areas of the smile that can be difficult to reach. Because of this, we recommend that patients visit our office twice a year for preventative cleaning.
Call Our Dental Office
Do you think that you could be at risk of developing gum disease? Contact the Office of Dr. Bellisario today at (610) 839-8967. Feel free to request a dental appointment with our dentists on our website.