Darien family dentist Dr. David Pereira emphasizes the importance of maintaining healthy gums- they are the support structure for healthy teeth.
Gum disease affects nearly 3/4 of adults and remains the leading cause of tooth loss today. Late stage gum disease is preventable with routine dental care which enables Dr. Pereira to identify and address early signs of disease before permanent damage is done.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen and/or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Shifting of teeth or loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Recent studies have shown the relationship between periodontal disease and an increased risk for developing or being more severely affected by cardiovascular and systemic diseases. When caught early, conservative treatment can be effective and quickly restore oral health.
Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis: early stage gum disease, gingivitis is typically easy to treat but may require additional at home care to prevent it from returning. Patients with recurring gingivitis may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings in our dentist office.
Periodontitis: advanced gum disease, periodontitis can cause permanent damage to gum tissue and weaken the teeth. This often requires intensive treatment to address damage and restore oral health.
Treating Gum Disease
A periodontal screening is part of our routine examinations. If you are showing signs of gum disease, Dr. Pereira will recommend periodontal treatment tailored to your individual oral health.
Periodontal therapy is often dependent on the stage of gum disease and can be as simple as a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. More intensive treatment can include:
- Scaling and root planing: this intensive cleaning removes built up plaque from the gum line, tooth roots and deep pockets of the gums.
- Antibacterial rinses: when appropriate, Dr. Pereira may prescribe an anti bacterial rinse to be used between visits and reduce the level of bacteria present in the mouth, especially for patients with persistent gingivitis.
- Gum surgery: when necessary in cases of advanced gum disease or periodontitis, Dr. Pereira may refer you to a local periodontist for treatment.