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Gum Disease Detection and Treatment in Harrison

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the infection of the gum tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth. Among the most common health conditions in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently published a study suggesting 47.2% American adults have mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis. And yet, gum disease is highly preventable.

Dr. Arel and her professional staff are focused on educating our Harrison clientele about the dangers of gum disease. Through preventative care, and by making information on effective dental hygiene available to all age groups, we are delivering the best possible care to our community.

Common Symptoms

• Bleeding, red, sore gums
• Gums that have separated from the teeth
• Bad breath, or bad taste in mouth
• Loose adult/permanent teeth
• Changes in bite, pain in bite
• Change in the fit of partial dentures

Treatment Options

Timely treatment helps patients find relief from gum disease without the need for invasive procedures. Discovering gum disease at its earliest stage (gingivitis) increases the chances of easily reversing the condition and is addressed by a professional at the time of your cleaning. A regular daily brushing and flossing routine is reinforced as the best way to stop gum disease from spreading.  Professional deep cleanings are available for our Harrison patients at the Art of Smiles Dentistry office.  

For advanced stages of gum disease, a more aggressive therapy or combination of treatments may be required. Scaling and root planing involves scraping the tartar from above and below the gum line, removing rough spots and bacteria that contribute to the disease. Laser bacterial removal is an effective means of removing plaque and tartar with less discomfort than traditional methods

An Ounce of Prevention

You only have to floss the ones you want to keep! One of Dr. Arel's favorite sayings, holds true! It is possible to fight gum disease at home; the doctor and her experienced staff help patients establish an effective daily cleaning routine, and provide guidance on correct brushing and flossing techniques. Lifestyle choices are also factors that influence the presence of gum disease – smoking and using tobacco are among the behaviors the doctor may suggest addressing in order to combat infection and improve treatment outcome.

Regular checkups are vital to our patients' well-being and dental health. Annual assessments also permit the doctor to diagnose existing conditions, and to determine appropriate treatment options, if necessary.

If you have any questions or concerns about gum disease, or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Art of Dentistry today! We look forwarding to making you smile!