Gum Disease Treatment Revitalizes Your Smile in Washington
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is one of the most common health problems on the planet – in fact, studies suggest that eight out of every ten adults are victims, with many not even being aware of it. While this condition may seem relatively harmless in its early stages, untreated cases quickly grow to destructive levels leading to tooth loss and severe oral infection. That’s not at all – periodontal disease has also been linked to a wide variety of diseases and health concerns that affect your overall wellbeing, such as:
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Illness
- Pregnancy Complications
In order to stay safe from periodontal disease, you need a trusted doctor that will keep a close eye out for its earliest development, and that’s just what patients from Houston, PA and surrounding areas find with our experienced staff. Dr. David Vaughan and Dr. Alicia Yokum all stress the importance of prevention in their work, and they’ll do everything in their power to identify damage caused by periodontal disease in the earliest stages so it can be treated in the simplest, most effective manner. Are you ready to get back to enjoying the healthier, happier smile you deserve? Contact our Washington, PA dental office today to schedule your first visit.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Periodontal disease can be very subtle in its beginning stages – that’s why attending routine check-ups is so important. However, there are some symptoms patients can watch for when caring for their teeth and gums at home. They include:
- Bleeding gums, especially while brushing or flossing
- Gums that are red/swollen/tender
- A change in the way your bite fits together/the sturdiness of certain teeth
- Excessive bad breath
- Teeth that appear longer over time
Periodontal Treatment Options
So you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease. What now? Our doctors will recommend a certain approach that depends on the severity of your condition. In the early stages of gum disease (also known as gingivitis), no permanent damage has been done to your smile, and therefore, the symptoms may be reversed with more frequent hygiene appointments at our practice and a more diligent oral healthcare routine at home.
Once periodontal disease becomes moderate in nature, patients will require a more involved approach from our staff. We may recommend an in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing that involves cleaning away bacteria from the gum line and the surfaces of the tooth roots. Antibiotic therapy may be recommended as well. In severe cases, surgical intervention from an outside specialist may be necessary. Whatever your needs, we work with you to ensure your treatment is effective and comfortable restoring your healthy, strong smile as smoothly as possible.