Gum disease is silently damaging mouths across the United States.
According to some experts, nearly 80 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease. And according to a recent Centers for Disease Control report, nearly half of American adults 30 and older have some form of periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease.
When people are in pain, they will seek help. But that’s a problem with gum disease. You may not feel pain until the latter stages of this condition.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment at Overmeyer Family Dental as soon as you can. Our dentist office is located in Orlando, FL. You can contact us online or call us at (407) 603-3839.
If you do have gum disease, we offer LANAP advanced gum disease treatment.
Learn The Signs Of Gum Disease
Statistically, you are very likely to develop gum disease at some time or another in your life. Our hope is that you never have anything worse than gingivitis, which is the mild form of gum disease.
That’s makes it more important that you know what to watch for. Any of these can be symptoms of gum disease:
■ Red, swollen gums
■ Bleeding gums
■ Bad breath that doesn’t go away
■ Sore or tender gums
■ Gums that are separating from your teeth
■ Teeth that feel loose
Because of the way gum disease develops, you may not realize you have a problem until it’s too late. This also helps to explain why gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
The red and swollen gums and the bleeding when you brush and floss are symptoms of gingivitis. The good news is that you may be able to reverse this condition by being more deliberate about your brushing and flossing.
Remember to follow the ADA guidelines. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes at a time, being sure to clean your teeth on all sides. Also, floss every day to clean between your teeth and under the gumline.
Your bleeding should stop with time. Continuing these habits is important for preventing the infection from returning.
If your symptoms persist or you start noticing other symptoms mentioned above, you need to visit Overmeyer Family Dental as soon as you are able. If you have periodontitis, this can only be treated by dental professionals.
Keep reading to find out how we can help.
Treating Gum Disease With Lasers
LANAP is an acronym that means laser assisted new attachment procedure. This is a new approach to treating advanced gum disease that is easier and less invasive than oral surgery.
With surgery, a dentist would use a scalpel to cut away parts of your gums. We understand if that sounds unpleasant. To be fair, you would be sedated or at least numbed before such a procedure.
But that would not change the fact that a gum disease surgery would involve cutting away healthy tissue along with diseased tissue to make sure the infection was completely removed. That also means there would be bleeding, and your gums would need to be stitched closed in most cases.
With LANAP, you can avoid many of those complications. By using a dental laser, our dentists can more accurately target the infected tissue. This preserves more of your healthy tissue as well.
The laser also does something else that a scalpel can’t. The laser seals your tissue. There is a lot less bleeding, and sutures are not needed in most cases.
And with LANAP, your recovery time will be shorter than it would have been with oral surgery.
Preventive Care Is The Best Approach To Gum Disease
While we are happy that we can offer services like LANAP, it’s better for you and all our patients to prevent gum disease whenever possible.
We want to reiterate the importance of following the ADA recommendations to brush and floss daily. The ADA also recommends professional dental cleanings and exams on a regular basis. A good guideline is to have two cleanings per year, although patients with chronic gum disease may need more frequent exams.
If we can catch gum disease early, we often can treat it with less invasive procedures such as scaling and root planing.