Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is the predecessor to gum disease. Although gum inflammation is common, it can be highly damaging. Over time, gingivitis can become gum disease or periodontitis. As harmful bacteria builds upon the teeth and gums, it inflames the gums. This is because bacteria feed on food debris left in the mouth. Digestive acids irritate the sensitive gum tissue and eventually lead to gum recession and tooth loss. Our dental team offers gum disease treatment in Rehoboth Beach, DE. With gum disease treatment, we can restore the smile and reverse gum disease symptoms for a healthier smile.
Signs of Gum Disease
There are multiple common symptoms of gum disease, including:
- Bleeding when brushing and flossing
- Red or purple-tinged gums
- Swollen and sensitive gums
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Gum recession
- Pus between the teeth
- Loose teeth
If you have noticed any of these signs of gum disease, please contact us for care. We will find the right treatment to reverse your symptoms and prevent reinfection.
Gum Disease Treatment in Rehoboth Beach, DE
There are multiple options for patients with gum inflammation or infection:
- Antibacterial rinses: At routine appointments, we use antibacterial rinses to minimize harmful bacteria in the mouth. These rinses kill the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.
- Scaling and root planing: These deep-cleaning treatments are used together to clean plaque and tartar from the mouth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that hardens to form tartar. It is much more difficult to remove tartar or calculus from the mouth, which is why we use special dental tools to clean it from the teeth and gums. During scaling treatment, we remove plaque and tartar from the gum line. For root planing treatment we go beneath the gums and to the tooth roots to remove bacteria buildup. Used together, scaling and root planing removes infectious bacteria in the mouth for a healthier smile.
- LANAP: We may use dental lasers, antibacterial rinses, and scaling together during LANAP treatment. First, we remove bacteria in the gum pockets with the laser. Then, we use antibacterial rinse on the teeth. Finally, we sterilize the bottom of the pocket with the dental laser.
Restore Your Gum Health
Are you noticing changes in your gum health? Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss your teeth? Contact our dental office at (302) 306-5179 today.