When your gums feel tender and bleed when you brush or floss, it’s your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection in your gums that comes from poor oral hygiene, certain medical conditions, or neglect. Symptoms vary and include bleeding, swelling, redness, tooth mobility, bad breath, pus at the gum line, and even tooth loss.
Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation
When you arrive at our Seaford, DE dental office, we will perform a periodontal evaluation to determine the health of your gums. These measurements check for pocketing between your teeth and gums and help us design a customized periodontal treatment plan to reduce inflammation, give you fresher breath, and protect your overall health.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
In its early stages, we can often treat periodontal disease with improved home care and targeted dental cleanings that focus on removing plaque, bacteria, and tartar from your teeth and beneath your gums. During the healing process, we will monitor your oral health and support you with advice, product recommendations, and best practices when it comes to your home care. With this comprehensive approach, we can sometimes reverse periodontal disease completely.
In its later stages, we address periodontal disease with a series of deep dental cleanings to help gradually get your health back on track. In some cases, localized antibiotic treatment, medicated rinses, or surgery may be necessary. At LRK Dental, we customize your treatment for what you need, and our treatment is never one-size-fits-all.
Comfort and Compassion
One of the main causes of periodontal disease is missing too many professional dental cleaning appointments. No matter how thoroughly you brush and floss, you cannot reach all areas of your teeth. Bacteria and tartar collect between your teeth and just below your gum line over time, causing an infection.
When we ask patients what kept them away from the dental office, they often express anxiety about treatment or fear of pain. Our hygiene team understands that many people feel this way and they approach periodontal disease with a gentle touch. Your comfort is always important to us, and we treat you compassionately every time.
Periodontal Disease and Systemic Health
You may have heard that researchers have discovered a link between periodontal disease and other systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory illnesses, and pregnancy complications, including low birth-weight babies. Because gum disease is inflammatory in nature, it affects the health of your entire body. By addressing gum disease early, you can minimize the negative effects to your overall wellness.
Do You Have Painful Gums?
Contact our dental office and schedule an exam with Drs. Lynch, Rodriguez, or Keller for a periodontal evaluation. We will customize your gum treatment to improve and maintain your oral health.