Gum disease prevention and treatment
By Dr. Chie Li Ee, DMD – Dentist in Cape May, NJ
Gum diseases such as Gingivitis and Periodontitis are quite common, and they are a major cause of tooth loss and often causes overall poor health.
Fortunately, gum disease treatment corrects gum disease and infection, cleans your gums and helps prevent future gum diseases so you can maintain healthy gums, teeth and overall good health.
4 out of 5 people have gum disease and don’t even know it!
Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.
Signs and Symptoms of Gingivitis and Periodontal disease
- Bleeding gums – Your gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or when using dental floss.
- Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
- New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
- Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
- Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
- Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
- Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
- Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus.
How Gum Disease Treatment Works
During your dental check-up and teeth cleaning visit, Dr. Ee will examine your gums and teeth for signs of gingivitis or advanced gum disease (periodontitis). If signs of gum disease do exist, Dr. Ee will recommend immediate gum disease treatment. Don’t worry! Gum disease is a fairly common issue and is usually simple and painless to treat.
Gum disease treatment involves the following steps:
First, Dr Ee will remove the hardened gingivitis plaque and tartar from below your gum line.
Then he will use a “scaling” procedure to reduce the areas prone to plaque and tartar buildup and smooth the tooth “roots” where plaque tends to build-up. Plus, any areas of infection found will be cleaned, “irrigated” and eliminated to treat your gum disease.
If you have advanced gum disease Dr Ee will evaluate your gums for additional treatment which may involve medicaments or surgery.
At times gum recession may be so severe so as to need gum grafting, which can be painlessly performed in the office.
Ready to get started?
Call (609) 884-5335 for your free consultation or to schedule your dental appointment.