Periodontal Disease Treatment
Did you know that adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum disease than to cavities? Periodontal disease is a common oral health problem that is linked to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and some cancers. Here at South Mountain Dental, Dr. Kenneth Film and his team are on the alert for any signs of periodontal disease. We offer several options to treat the gum disease as quickly and effectively as possible. You deserve to feel confident in the health of your smile, and we’ll be happy to help you reach that goal through our quality work.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
- Bleeding gums
- Red and/or puffy gums
- Tenderness or discomfort throughout the mouth
- Teeth that feel strangely loose
- Teeth that appear longer (this can mean your gums are receding)
- Persistent bad breath that isn’t alleviated by brushing and/or mouthwash
Of course, it’s important to remember that in many cases of periodontal disease, symptoms that are visible to an untrained eye may not appear until the condition has progressed. That’s why attending regular check-ups at our Boonsboro dental practice is so important.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, causes the gums to move away from the teeth creating pockets of infection and eventual tooth loss. Our treatments for periodontal disease depend on your unique situation and the severity of your case. The goal is to reattach the gums to the teeth and to maintain that reattachment. If we catch the presence of periodontal disease at an early enough stage, an in-depth cleaning may be enough to combat its effects. For more severe instances, a special periodontal cleaning called deep scaling and root planing iseffective for removing plaque and toxins that have formed above and below the gum line, as well as smoothing rough spots on root surfaces.
Contact South Mountain Dental today if you have any questions for our team, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. Now located in Boonsboro, MD, Dr. Film and his staff look forward to welcoming both new and old patients to participate in our friendly, quality dental care. We can’t wait to give you something to smile about!