Infection in your gums, also known as periodontal disease or gum disease, is a serious condition that requires treatment. Periodontal disease occurs most often due to neglect, not brushing or flossing regularly, or from lack of professional dental cleanings. Certain medical conditions, cancer treatment, and drug or alcohol use can also contribute to gum disease.
Lifestyle habits such as smoking and poor diet may also have a detrimental effect on your oral health, especially as you age.
We understand that people stay away from the dentist for many reasons, but we will never make you feel ashamed about missing a few appointments. Our dental team will stay focused on improving your health with exceptional dental care.
At Alicia Almeida, DMD, PC, we diagnose and treat periodontal disease at all levels of infection.
The Symptoms of Gum Disease
The early stages of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, usually display symptoms including redness, inflammation, bad breath, and bleeding. When we diagnose this condition early on, we can often reverse it and restore your health without surgery or complications. Any time your gums bleed, it’s your body’s way of getting your attention and asking you to take action.
As gum disease advances, it’s called periodontitis. At this late stage, you may experience tooth mobility, pus, pocketing, bad breath, and pain. A customized treatment plan, including deep cleanings, localized antibiotic treatment, and even surgery may be required to save your teeth.
No matter what stage of gum disease you are experiencing, our gentle and professional hygiene team can help you get back on track to a healthy smile.
Treatment for Periodontal Conditions
A complete periodontal evaluation will allow us to determine the course of treatment that will work best for you. We will measure the depth of the pockets around your gums, look for signs of gum recession, tooth mobility, inflammation, and other indicators to diagnose your level of infection.
Based on your personal needs, we will create a treatment plan to help restore your oral health. We will also spend some time discussing ways that you can improve your oral health at home and recommend products that may assist with healing.
Our hygienists will create a professional cleaning schedule that will expedite the healing process. This may mean more frequent visits until your gums heal. We offer both routine dental cleanings and deep cleanings that remove tartar, bacteria, and infection from your gums.
Your comfort is important to us. Our skilled hygienists are both gentle and thorough. We will communicate with you throughout your treatment so that you understand what is necessary to restore your health.
Contact Us for a Periodontal Evaluation
Your oral health affects your overall health. We look forward to working with you toward a comfortable, healthy smile! Contact our Naugatuck, CT dental office today to schedule a periodontal evaluation and take the first step toward protecting your smile.