Good oral health means more than just nice teeth.
If you want to keep those teeth, you’ve got to keep your gums healthy, too. Nevertheless, periodontal problems affect millions of people each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all Americans 30 and older have some form of periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease.
If you are having gum problems, we want to help. Jennifer Perkins, DDS, is trained in some of the most advanced gum treatments in modern dentistry.
To get help, call 256-801-0002 today.
Signs Of Infected Gums
Before we explain what we can do, you need to be aware of the signs that you could have a periodontal infection or some form of gum disease.
First, you should know that healthy gums feel firm to the touch and look pink in color. You can keep your gums healthy by following the American Dental Association’s recommendation. These include brushing your teeth twice per day, flossing between your teeth and gums daily, and getting routine dental cleanings and exams.
When you come for your checkup, we’ll be looking for any signs of trouble. Between dental appointments, you can and should be watching for these symptoms:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sore or painful gums
- Constant bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
If you are having one or more of these symptoms, please contact us. We would much rather treat an infection in the early stages instead of replacing teeth that have fallen out.
Restore Your Gum Health
As with any problem, your treatment will be more effective (and less expensive) if you address it early.
The first step in treating gum disease is often something you can do at home. By becoming more consistent about flossing daily, you may be able to reverse the early stages of gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease). While the ADA recommends flossing daily, surveys show that less than half of all Americans do this.
At our office, treatment usually begins with scaling and root planing. This is a deeper cleaning than you receive during a routine checkup. With scaling and root planing, we go below the gumline to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the roots of your teeth.
If you are in the more advanced stages of gum disease, you also may receive an antibiotic to kill harmful bacteria that contribute to your infection. If your gums have receded, we can restore them to their original positions with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.
And if you are feeling anxious about any of this, please know that your comfort is a top priority at our practice. With local anesthetic and sedation options, you can feel confident that you will remain pain-free during your treatment.
Whether you need to treat gum disease or you are trying to prevent it, you have a good reason to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins in Huntsville, AL. Call 256-801-0002 or contact us online to request an appointment.