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Gum Disease 101: Symptoms & Treatment Options

Welcome back to another blog from your friends at Advanced Dental Associates. Today, we would like to discuss with you a very important topic: gum disease. Gum disease has a lot of misconceptions surrounding it and is commonly underestimated. We would like to make sure you have all of the information you need to take great care of your smile! Below we have answered some common questions we get regarding gum disease, its symptoms, how it is treated, and how to prevent it. As always, please contact our San Antonio, TX dental team if you have any additional questions or concerns.

What is gum disease and what are the symptoms?

Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. This buildup creates inflammation and can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. If you notice swelling, red gums, tender gums, or bleeding gums, you could have gum disease. Gum disease can also lead to chronic bad breath, gum recession, loose or shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. However, it can also be completely symptomless! Regular dental checkups are essential to ensure that you do not have an infection.

What are my treatment options at Advanced Dental Associates?

At Advanced Dental Associates, we use the most effective, comfortable treatment option available. LANAP, or laser-assisted new attachment procedure, is a non-surgical treatment options that not every dental office offers. We use this technology to eradicate infection and reattach gum tissue.

LANAP laser periodontal therapy is superior to traditional surgical methods because it is completely painless. In fact, you will not experience the discomfort OR bleeding that surgery requires. It is also designed to help your mouth heal more quickly and naturally, without the need for stitches.

Avoid the discomfort and inconvenience of traditional periodontal therapies by choosing Advanced Dental Associates and LANAP laser treatment. Your gums will thank you.

How can I prevent gum disease in the future?

Gum disease is actually surprisingly easy to prevent. That being said, there is no way to 100 prevent any medical problem, so regular screenings are necessary. Please follow these four easy steps to prevent all major instances of gum disease in the future:

1 — Brush your teeth twice daily. While many people understand that daily brushing is necessary for a healthy smile, twice daily is actually recommended for best results. Be sure to use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles to effectively reach all areas of the mouth.

2 — Floss your teeth daily. Many people underestimate the importance of flossing … did you know that ONE THIRD of Americans don’t floss their teeth at all?! Flossing is the only way to remove buildup and bacteria from in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. So don’t forget it!

3 — Eat a healthy, balanced diet. If you are not sure what you should be feeding your family for top-notch oral health, please consult our staff. We recommend lots of fruits and vegetables and to stay away from sugary snacks.

4 — Visit a dental office regularly. We recommend scheduling checkup visits to our office at least once a every six months. This allows us to check for any pop up problems and treat them while they are small, if necessary. We will also provide you with a professional cleaning session. This is the best way to ensure that you never have to deal with the ill effects of gum disease.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Do you think you may be suffering from gum disease? Are you simply due for a checkup? Either way, we would be delighted to help you. Please contact our San Antonio, TX dental team directly to book a visit. You can call us at 210-819-5233 or send us a message using our online contact form. We can help you find a convenient date and time for your visit.

Don’t let gum disease ruin your smile. The professionals at Advanced Dental Associates can help you. We look forward to working with you.

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