Gum Health

stock_gumPeriodontal treatment may be sought in several ways. Dr. Montz and Dr. Maher may recommend a consultation with our periodontist, Dr. Andrea Varesic, if they find signs of periodontal disease through the course of a checkup or other dental care appointment.

In fact, if you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our office without delay:

  • Any bleeding while brushing or eating. This is the most common (and commonly overlooked) symptom of gum disease.
  • Chronic bad breath. If you have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, even after cleaning your teeth, it may be because of gum disease.
  • Loose teeth and gum recession. If your teeth look longer or feel like they jiggle a little, this can be because of gum and bone loss due to gum disease.

Patients with heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia, or osteoporosis may experience a higher rate of periodontal infection as well, and gum disease bacteria can spread to other parts of the body.

How do you know if you’re suffering with gum disease? The inside of the mouth should appear smooth and coral pink, and if this changes at all, it can be a sign of infection or problems like oral cancer. What are the signs that might need to visit with a periodontist for a gum health check?

  • Reddish or whitish patches
  • A sore that doesn’t heal and bleeds easily
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • A lump or thickening of skin inside the mouth
  • Problems with chewing or swallowing

Even if you’re not experiencing any pain, these can be signs of a serious gum health problem. Changes on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue should always be discussed with a dental health professional. We recommend that you perform a self-examination monthly and keep track of any changes. Whatever you do, don’t ignore any suspicious bumps or sores.

7Our team and Dr. Varesic work together to provide you with the best possible care. They combine their experience to formulate the best maintenance plan for you. They keep each other informed about your progress. Together, Dr. Montz, Dr. Maher, Dr. Dunwody, Dr. Varesic and the dental hygienist may see you periodically for maintenance therapy and provide the best in supervised care. Appointments for periodontal maintenance do not replace regular dental checkups.

To prevent periodontal disease, the major cause of tooth loss in adults—and keep your natural teeth for your lifetime—carefully and conscientiously follow the guidelines of the maintenance program that our team recommends. Protecting your periodontal health through preventive maintenance has great benefits for you. You will be able to chew with more comfort, and you will be able to smile and speak with greater confidence. You will be able to keep dental costs down by preventing future problems. Your commitment to maintenance therapy is your commitment to your better oral health.

If you have any concerns about your gum health, please contact us so that we can help!

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