Gum Disease

DeRose Dental

General Dentistry located in Racine, WI

Studies have shown that nearly half of American adults have some form of gum disease. At DeRose Dental in Racine, Wisconsin, Dr. Francesca DeRose and Dr. Maria DeRose Barnes diagnose and treat this troublesome condition with both surgical and non-surgical therapies. Gum disease not only affects your oral health, but your overall health too, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If you notice symptoms, such as bleeding or receding gums, call or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment today.

Gum Disease Q & A

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What is gum disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues which surround your teeth. It’s frequently the result of the buildup of plaque and tartar along your gum line, and it typically occurs when you don’t brush and floss regularly or with proper technique.

There are two major types of periodontal disease:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a mild, preliminary form of periodontal disease that affects only the gums. It’s a mild form of periodontal disease, and when cared for properly, it can be reversed.

Periodontitis

When gingivitis isn’t treated properly, it can be more destructive and bacteria can reach deep into the pockets of tissue where bone and other tissues support the teeth. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and serious health problems.

What are common signs and symptoms of gum disease?

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of gum disease:

  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Bridges, fillings, or partial dentures which no longer fit properly
  • Continuing redness, puffiness, tenderness, or swelling of the gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus between the gums and teeth

Neglecting these signs of gum disease can worsen your symptoms and condition over time.

How is gum disease treated?

Once Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes diagnose you with gum disease after examining you at the office, they work with you to develop a personalized periodontal treatment plan. This can include a variety of surgical and nonsurgical therapies.

Either Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes evaluate your teeth and gums to determine the extent and severity of your gum disease, along with the most appropriate treatment methods. Treatment may involve a combination of professional cleanings and surgery to clear out pockets around your teeth to prevent damage and reverse the effects of gum disease.

Dr. DeRose and Dr. Barnes always work with you to develop better oral hygiene habits, namely improved brushing and flossing techniques. Each stage of the treatment process is designed to restore and improve periodontal health for a smile that lasts a lifetime.

If you notice symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, call or schedule an appointment online today.