Gum Disease

Gum Disease

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What are Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

Gum disease has two stages:

  • Gingivitis (the first stage) is due to a plaque buildup which causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums
  • Periodontitis (the second stage) begins damaging the supporting bone and fibers holding the position of your teeth. This will eventually cause bone loss, and loss of teeth.

Treatment of Gum Disease

Our office uses the following services and technologies to treat gum disease:

  • Computerized Charting: our computer software helps us to measure the depth of the periodontally infected area with each appointment, so we can monitor your progress and customize a treatment just for you.
  • Cavitron Ultrasonic Instrumentation: We’re able to quickly, efficiently, and comfortably remove and plaque build-up using modern ultrasonic equipment.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy: Our experienced dental hygienists thoroughly remove any tartar deposits and plaque around the roots, helping to eliminate periodontal disease.
  • Perio Protect®: A method used to help manage biofilm – pockets of bacteria growing in between teeth and gum tissue – in the least invasive way possible.
  • Cavi-Jet: Like a miniature pressure-washer, the Cavi-Jet uses an air polishing system to remove stains and polish the teeth.

Prevention of Gum Disease

Though it’s important to see the dentist for deep cleanings and examinations, the best defense against gum disease is to a maintain good oral hygiene habits, especially brushing and flossing regularly to keep teeth from generating plaque.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Gum Disease (Gingivitis)

Gum Disease (Gingivitis)

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease (Gingivitis)

Gum Disease Treatment

Local dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan treats Gum Disease in Beverly, MA

Gum Disease Treatment

With regular dental care and check-ups alongside good dental hygiene, gum infections can be treated quickly to restore your healthy smile. Plaque forms on our teeth from food and other residue which contains bacteria. This builds up along the gum line and releases chemicals which inflame the gums. This can be prevented with regular flossing and brushing but there are hard to reach areas of the mouth where extra care is necessary. Since brushing and flossing can only do so much, going to the dentist is the next step. A dentist such as Dr. Ben Polan can care for your teeth and gums when you schedule regular dental check-ups.

The 3 stages of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis.The gums are swollen, red, and bleed easily. Luckily the more serious health problems have not yet occurred so it can be easily treated. Most dentists will simply recommend a strict cleaning regimen and the gum issues will disappear before they become a serious problem.

Periodontitis. At this stage, the plaque and its calcified form tartar have built up and the gums are receding away from the teeth. Bacteria and pus fill in pockets between the gums and teeth, and will feel very irritated, inflamed, and painful. There may be some bone loss at this stage as well.

Advanced Periodontitis. Teeth continue to lose support. The gums, bone, and periodontal ligament are slowly being destroyed, and the affected teeth become loose and can fall out. Some people may also suffer moderate to severe bone loss. More serious medical issues can also occur since infections in the mouth can spread throughout the body, including the blood vessels and heart.

Gum disease can be treated in a variety of ways

Beverly, MA dentist Dr. Ben Polan offers his patients many treatment options to remove the infection. Home care and maintenance will be very important in keeping the infection from returning and scheduled follow-up visits will ensure that your mouth is healing normally.
Dentist treatments can include bacterial testing, full mouth disinfection, scaling and root planing, anti-bacterial medications and laser therapy. Bacterial tests check to see if a person is genetically susceptible to gum disease since certain people are born with a higher bacteria count than others.

While gum disease can be treated, it is best to prevent the problem with regular dental visits. Dr. Benjamin Polan would be happy to answer any further questions you might have about gum disease and treatment options, and find the solution which best suits you.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

3 ways to keep your gums healthy

When thinking about good oral hygiene, do you consider the health of your gums as well as your teeth? You may be surprised to learn that many people remember to brush, but neglect their gums. Since caring for both is an important part of maintaining good oral health, here are 3 simple ways to help keep your gums healthy.

Regular brushing

To achieve optimum cleaning, there are some important basics to remember. First, always wash your hands before you start to avoid transferring bacteria from your hands into your mouth. Second, use the right tools. This includes, any American Dental Association (ADA) recommended toothpaste and a soft, round-bristled toothbrush. Harder bristles can damage both your tooth enamel and gums. With these tools in clean hands:

  • Always brush at a 45 degree angle along gum line
  • Do 2-3 teeth at a time, applying soft pressure in a rolling, back and forth motion until all teeth have been cleaned
  • Rinse mouth before gently brushing your tongue from back-to-front to remove odor-causing bacteria
  • Do a final rinse to remove any remaining food particles

Proper flossing

Flossing is a crucial step in oral hygiene that is often over-looked. Done properly, it removes food, bacteria and plaque that get between teeth and below the gum line, making your next dental check-up less painful and reducing your risk of gum disease. Here’s how to do it well:

  • Start with an 18-inch piece of floss
  • Wrap around fingers for more control
  • Floss each tooth from gum line towards top/bottom of tooth in zigzag motion
  • Unwind more floss and move to the next tooth

Maintain dental check-ups

Scheduling regular appointments every six months is necessary to maintain optimum oral health. This is when your dentist does deep cleaning to remove tartar and plaque build-up before checking for early signs of gum disease, cavities, oral cancer and other issues that are significantly easier to treat when caught early on.

Learn more about keeping your gums healthy

Contact your Beverly dentist and schedule an appointment. He or she and their dental team can teach you the latest techniques for brushing and flossing and answer any questions or concerns you have about maintaining healthy teeth and gums.