According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every two American adults age 30 and over has periodontal disease. Among adults age 65 and older, the prevalence rate increases to 70%.
Gum disease is not only a serious dental concern, but the condition has been strongly linked to other medical issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Healthy gums provide the foundation for healthy teeth and our dentists consider the prevention of gum disease an important facet of preventive dental care.
About Gum Disease
During routine visits to our Nashua dental office, you will receive a comprehensive examination that includes a periodontal screening. We are looking for signs and symptoms of gum disease such as swelling, receding gums and bleeding gums. Early detection is the key to reducing damage to the teeth and gums from gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
This short video from the American Academy of Periodontology talks about the common signs of gum disease and what to expect during a periodontal screening with your dentist.
Common Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
If you notice any of the above signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Levesque Family Dentistry to ensure effective treatment and reduce the risk of further damage or more complex dental problems.
How We Treat Gum Disease
In dentistry, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Drs. Levesque and Vogel provide a range of periodontal therapies to treat the various stages of gum disease. After a comprehensive examination, we will recommend the best course of treatment.
If you have early signs of gum disease, known as gingivitis, we may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to restore your gums to optimal health. If more intensive treatment is needed, the dentist may recommend a deep teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planning. During this procedure, the dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require more intense treatment or surgery. In these cases, the dentist may help coordinate treatment with a local periodontist.
Soft Tissue Laser
A new and wonderful era in dentistry has begun. Our high-tech office is pleased to offer this state-of-the-art technology to our patients. Lasers are an amazing new technology for the dental office with the use of fiber optics.
Lasers have the capability to:
- Perform gum surgery without needles, bleeding or stitches
- Biopsy tissue
- Minimize the duration of cold sores
- Sterilize your restoration and gum tissue as its healing