Gum disease is a serious issue that can affect the health and appearance of the smile. Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL encourages patients to take the time to learn about this condition, the symptoms that present, and discuss with their doctor effective treatment when it has been diagnosed.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or “periodontal disease,” is an infection that starts on the gum tissues. It results in shrinking gums, bleeding, lost bone, and even loose and lost natural teeth. The condition is completely preventable with quality care of the smile between six-month recall visits with the dentist. There is no cure, but it can be maintained.

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What are the symptoms of gum disease?

The most common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding while brushing and flossing
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Loose teeth
  • Reduced bone structure
  • Pockets between teeth and gums from shrinking
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Discomfort in the soft tissues of the mouth

What treatment options are available for gum disease?

First, patients must be properly diagnosed with their condition to determine which stage it has reached. The earliest stage, called gingivitis, is the easiest to treat. It just requires a cleaning of the teeth and gums in the dental office—no different than what is received during a standard recall appointment at our practice. However, if the condition has reached the later stages, it is important to learn about alternative options such as a more thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums with a procedure called scaling and root planing.

Interested in quality dental care?

If you are ready to work with a dentist with over two decades of experience are encouraged to speak to the team of Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL. Dr. Dean Dietrich and his team of professionals welcome new and existing patients into their practice located at 609 E. Sibley Blvd. (147th) and can be reached by phone at (708) 576-1900. Call today to take charge of your oral health and wellness.

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