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Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?

January 24, 2022
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Posted By: Evolve Dental Care
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Gum disease affects millions of Americans every year. Though it’s a severe condition, it is preventable and controllable with excellent oral hygiene and professional gum health therapy. Fortunately, Evolve Dental Care offers gum disease treatment in Allentown, PA. 

What Is Gum Disease? 

Gum disease is an infection that damages the gums and can deteriorate the jawbone. The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which can be reversed with excellent oral hygiene. As it progresses, the condition becomes periodontitis or periodontal disease, affecting the teeth and surrounding bones. 

The leading cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene, and if left untreated, it can lead to numerous health concerns:

  • Tooth loss
  • Jawbone loss
  • Heart disease 
  • Stroke

These issues can drastically impact your health and quality of life. Please get in touch with us to learn more about preventing gum disease and attaining a healthy smile that lasts. 

Symptoms of Gum Disease 

Signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, or puffy gums 
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath 
  • Toothache
  • Tender gums 
  • Receding gums 
  • Loose teeth 
  • Tooth loss

If you have any of these symptoms, we strongly encourage you to contact us today for help. We can treat your gum disease and control the symptoms so you can enjoy a happier, healthier life. 

Treatment for Gum Disease in Allentown, PA

Dr. Mojahed has many treatments for gum disease prevention and management at every stage. Each treatment is tailored to meet your specific needs and oral health goals. He may recommend one or more of the following:

Improved Oral Hygiene at Home

Excellent oral hygiene is crucial to prevent and control gingivitis and gum disease. This includes brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove plaque and food debris. Also, flossing daily is essential because it cleans between teeth, stimulates the gums, and removes plaque from the gumline. You may even consider using an antiseptic or antibiotic mouth rinse to maintain gum health. 

Professional Dental Cleanings 

In addition to practicing excellent oral hygiene at home, getting professional dental cleanings is necessary for maintaining control over gum disease. Your dentist can thoroughly and gently clean all the books and crannies of your smile, including the gum pockets around your teeth, which are impossible to clean at home. This type of cleaning is also called root scaling and planing, and it helps prevent damage to the surrounding bone beneath the gums. 

Topical Antibiotics 

Topical antiseptic, penicillin, or antibiotics can also help control gum disease. Your dentist will prescribe these if necessary. 

Medical Procedure 

More advanced cases may require surgery to remove unhealthy gum tissue, such as a gingivectomy and gingivoplasty.

Dr. Amir Mojahed is a skilled and experienced Allentown cosmetic dentist who can help you reclaim your oral health and your smile’s attractive appearance. Depending on your unique situation, Dr. Mojahed will determine the best periodontal therapy for your smile. 

Call us today to schedule your appointment at Evolve Dental Care!

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