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Periodontal Therapy

Gum Disease Is Common, but There is a Solution

You could be suffering from gum disease right this minute and have no idea. That’s how sneaky this oral health problem can be. Gum disease will silently take hold, slowly breaking down the important soft tissues in your mouth until you actually lose teeth and the bone begins to diminish. That’s why it’s so vital for you to regularly visit our Huber Heights, Ohio family dental office for exams and cleanings, which can act as the first line of defense against gum disease. Then, when and if you ever develop gum disease, you can receive early diagnosis and thorough periodontal therapy for treatment from James A. Striebel Dentistry.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

First, you need to find out if you’re suffering with gum disease. You can look for these symptoms yourself:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loosening of teeth

There are other symptoms, like pockets of pus between teeth, which will often develop in cases of advanced gum disease. If you see any of these symptoms (especially bleeding gums, the condition that’s most often overlooked), make an appointment at our Huber Heights office immediately for a diagnostic consultation. We’ll look for these symptoms and other signs of gum disease whenever you visit us for an exam, so you don’t have to wait until your problem is obvious to get a diagnosis. In fact, the disease sometimes shows no symptoms that the untrained eye would ever notice.

What to Do About It

Once you’ve been diagnosed, we can treat your gum disease with periodontal therapy. Non-surgical periodontal therapy involves very deep cleaning and modification of the tooth roots, often referred to as scaling and root planing. After scraping away all of the accumulated tartar and bacteria below the gum line, we’ll make the surface of the tooth root smooth, which makes it harder for bacteria to hide. With these simple periodontal therapy treatments, you can have a far healthier mouth, and your overall wellness will benefit as well. Some research suggests that gum disease may contribute to or even exacerbate systemic health issues.

Whether or not you’re suffering with gum disease symptoms, visit James A. Striebel Dentistry for a full examination and cleaning every six months. With six month cleanings, you may be able to avoid periodontal therapy altogether by preventing gum disease in the first place. If the need for periodontal therapy arises, our friendly team will go out of their way to make the experience comfortable, and you can opt for nitrous oxide sedation to take the edge off of any discomfort. If you’re in Huber Heights, Vandalia, Northridge, or beyond and interested in optimal oral health, contact our office for an appointment.