What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease (also commonly referred to as periodontal disease) is one of the most common health problems in the world, as well as the leading cause of tooth loss among adults here in the United States. While this bacterial infection may start out relatively benign and harmless, untreated cases can quickly get out of control – that’s why the Devonshire Dental Associates team takes this threat to your oral health and happiness very seriously. We screen for gum disease at every single checkup and cleaning, and our doctors will be sure to let you know if there is cause for concern. In fact, our team features Dr. Annie Amsalem, who is a trained periodontist and can personally care for even advanced cases of infection. To schedule your next appointment, contact our practice today! We’re located in the heart of downtown Boston within the Financial District.
Do I Have Gum Disease?
Gum disease can often be very subtle in the beginning stages, which is why scheduling regular checkups at our practice is so strongly recommended. However, there are some tell-tale symptoms that should be paid attention to. These include:
- Gum tissue that bleeds, especially when brushing or flossing
- Serious bad breath that continues to linger even after brushing, flossing, or using mouthwash
- Gum tissue that looks overly swollen or red in color
- Teeth that gradually appear longer over the time (a very clear sign of a receding gum line)
- Teeth that appear to be mobile/ loose
How Do You Treat Gum Disease?
The most common treatment for combating gum disease is scaling and root planing, which is an in-depth cleaning that goes beyond a typical hygiene appointment. Our team will target the areas hidden underneath your gum line, thoroughly eliminating built-up plaque and tartar so that your soft tissue can successfully reattach to the teeth. We’ll also carefully smooth the rough surfaces along the tooth roots, which are big targets for harmful bacteria. Our hope is to guide your oral health towards recovery as effectively as possible. An additional service we offer is antibiotic therapy with ARESTIN, which is typically used in combination with scaling and root planing. The antibiotic is applied directly to the treated areas of the gum tissue, where it continues to work to eliminate dangerous bacteria that may have been inadvertently left behind.