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Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a serious issue, and more than half of all American adults suffer from some type of gum disease. While minor cases of gum disease (gingivitis) often have very few symptoms, advanced cases can cause serious oral health problems like the loosening and total loss of teeth, and a higher risk of stroke and heart disease. At River Park Dental, we provide periodontal care for patients in Wethersfield, Cromwell, and Newington.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is caused by improper oral hygiene, such as not brushing or flossing adequately. Other factors, like consumption of sugary drinks and use of tobacco can also increase the risk of developing gum disease. Gum disease occurs when the bacteria in plaque adhere to the gums, and begin to attack the gums, causing inflammation and infection.

Symptoms Of Gingivitis

The most common form of gum disease is called “gingivitis”. Gingivitis is usually reversible with proper oral hygiene, and has relatively minor symptoms, such as:

  • Discoloration and reddening of the gums
  • Bleeding while brushing
  • Sensitivity and swelling of the gums
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Gum recession

Symptoms of Periodontitis

As gum disease progresses into more advanced periodontitis, it is often irreversible. When this happens, regular treatment is necessary to keep the disease from progressing further. Symptoms of advanced periodontitis include:

  • Wine-colored or deeply red gums
  • Pus in between teeth or near the gum line
  • Shifting of the teeth and bitE
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Extreme pain and sensitivity while chewing
  • A perpetual bad taste in the mouth

Preventing And Treating Periodontal Disease

The best treatment for periodontal disease is prevention. Here are a few methods for the treatment and prevention of gum disease. Brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, and flossing once per day has been proven to be the best way to prevent periodontal disease. If you do develop gum disease, scaling and root planing can remove pockets of bacteria that cause gum inflammation. Antibiotics are also usually prescribed alongside deep cleanings for the treatment of periodontal disease.

Prevention Is The Best Medicine – Come In For An Exam Today!

If you think that you may have gingivitis or a more advanced case of periodontal disease, we can help with compassionate, judgment-free treatment. Contact Dr. Niaz Ahmed of River Park Dental now, at (860) 785-8496, or stop by our office for a consultation at 1111 Cromwell Ave, Suite 203, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. We’ll see you soon!