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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
March 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Don’t give gum disease a fighting chance.

Gum disease is one of the most common dental diseases to affect American adults. In fact, as many as half of the adults in the US have some degree of gum disease, and some don’t even know they have it. Since gum disease is a progressive condition that can lead to gum and tooth loss, it’s important that you turn to our Harrisburg, PA, dentist Dr. Ernest Fontaine every six months for checkups to catch those less obvious early signs of gum disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to protect yourself against gum disease in the first place is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes,

  • Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing daily (crucial to keeping gums healthy and free of plaque and bacteria)
  • Using mouthwash after brushing and flossing
  • Eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar and starches
  • Quitting or avoiding smoking
  • Visiting your Harrisburg, PA, family dentist every six months for checkups

Gum disease is preventable, and by maintaining good oral hygiene you can keep gums healthy and free from infection.

Signs of Gum Disease

Unfortunately, gum disease doesn’t often cause symptoms. That’s why many people with gum disease don’t even know they have it. Usually, gum disease won’t cause visible changes or symptoms until the more advanced and serious stages.

The goal of our dental team to be able to catch gum disease much sooner than that. This is why visiting your dentist twice a year is so important. We know exactly what to look for and how to measure the gums to check for early signs of gum disease.

Of course, it’s important to see your dentist if you experience any of these symptoms of advanced periodontitis,

  • Receding gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
  • Swollen, inflamed and tender gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Changes in your bite
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth
  • An abscess on the gums, a pimple-like bump that is also a sign of infection

Treating Gum Disease

If your dentist has told you that you have gum disease the type of treatment you undergo will depend on the severity of the disease. Most patients can benefit greatly from improving their oral care routine and with non-surgical gum disease therapy. The most common way to treat gum disease is through a procedure known as scaling and root planing. Simply, it’s a very deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from under the gums and around the roots of the teeth to get rid of bacteria and reduce gum inflammation.

Whether you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or it’s time to get a dental cleaning, turn to our dentist in Harrisburg, PA, for the care and treatment you need when you need it most. Call us at (717) 564-1310 to book your next dental visit.