Last week, our Brighton dentist discussed how preventive dentistry can help protect you from gum disease. While thorough oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings can help you avoid periodontal infection, if you have gum disease, treatment is necessary to prevent the infection from worsening. Dr. Villani will explain how our Brighton periodontist can help you halt the ravages to your oral health from gum disease with thorough periodontal care.

Do Not Ignore Signs of Gingivitis

Signs of gum disease can start as seemingly harmless. While many people ignore some bleeding during brushing, this is actually a common symptom of gingivitis. In this early stage of gum disease, gums appear inflamed, or deep red. They may feel sensitive to the touch or bleed during your oral hygiene routine. Bad breath is also a sign of gingivitis. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our Brighton dentist for a thorough dental cleaning immediately. While there is not a cure for periodontal disease, early treatment is your best option for keeping gum disease from worsening.

Brighton Periodontist Offers Scaling and Root Planing

If you ignore periodontal infection, worse symptoms may occur. Periodontal pockets are a result of gum disease. These pockets form when gums recede and separate from the tooth root. Inside the pockets is a cesspool of plaque and bacteria that continue to deteriorate your teeth and gum tissue. During this stage of gumdisease, scaling and root planing is an effective treatment. Our Brighton periodontist performs scaling by cleaning beneath the gum line around the tooth root. This removes infection from the periodontal pockets surrounding your tooth. Root planing smoothes the tooth root, encouraging gum healing and reattachment.

Periodontal Care in Brighton, MA

If you are suffering from gingivitis or more advanced gum disease symptoms, do not wait for treatment. Our compassionate team of dental care professionals can offer you the treatment you need to bounce back from gingival infection. For more information about periodontal disease treatment and prevention, contact Brighton Family Dental Group, in Brighton, Massachusetts, by calling (617) 562-5210. We welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and the surrounding communities.