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FAQs: Periodontics (Gums)

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Here are some of the most commonly asked dentistry questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist." If you have further questions, or want to schedule your next dentist appointment, call us today!


Periodontics (Gums)

Periodontal disease affects over 80% of the population. There is no cure for it, but it can usually be stabilized with good oral hygiene and regular dental hygiene visits to your Wilmington, DE dentist.

Prevent Periodontal Disease in Wilmington

It is critical that the areas of periodontal disease be meticulously cleaned by the patient. Often, the teeth are so crowded that it is almost impossible to keep them clean. In these cases, orthodontics (straightening the teeth) will move the teeth into position where they will be easier to maintain and clean. Almost always, the teeth with periodontal disease are the hardest ones for the patient to keep clean. I think your dentist has made a wise suggestion.

Call Our Office To Schedule Treatment

Do you think you could benefit from a dental cleaning or more in-depth gum disease treatment? Call Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry to schedule with our friendly team.

The fact is, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing gum disease and losing teeth. This does not, however, mean that this is inevitable!

Infections, including gum disease, cause rises in blood sugar, which can make it more difficult to control diabetes. If you have diabetes, it’s important to let your dentist know.

To help prevent problems from developing, brush and floss your teeth vigilantly and maintain a healthy diet. Give our team a call for a dental cleaning and exam. 

Gum Disease Treatment in Pike Creek DEAnyone can get gum disease (periodontal disease) at any age. Some of the common signs that you may be a candidate are bleeding gums, bad breath, or a red, puffy look to your gums. If you have any of these symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible. 

So what can you do to avoid gum disease? First and foremost, daily brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining the health of your gums. Second, making sure that you have an adequate amount of vitamin C is important – at least 500 mg/day. Stress can also contribute to periodontal problems. Making sure that you follow the tenets of a healthy lifestyle, i.e. proper rest, diet, excellent home dental care, and exercise will help you to maintain your overall health – including that of your gums!

Your Pike Creek dentist can help! Call Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry and our dedicated, experienced team to start gum disease treatment. 

Gum Disease Treatment in Wilmington Pike Creek If your gums are infected, it is necessary to treat the infection first by carefully removing the bacteria, calculus, and toxins that have accumulated below the gumline and on the root surface. Without this root planing treatment, the infection will worsen, destroying the bone that anchors the teeth.  

This procedure can be done painlessly, and the reward – healthy gums – is definitely worth it! Once your infection has been treated, your dentist or hygienist can do a better job cleaning your teeth. Periodic evaluations (every 3-4 months) will maintain healthy gums.

Our Wilmington dental team can help! Give Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry a call to see if your symptoms are gum disease.

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