October 10, 2017

Have you ever heard of gum disease? You have probably heard it when visiting your dentist. Even if it may seem familiar, few patients know whether or not they have this condition. Also called periodontal disease, this problem can be sneaky because many people are unaware of the symptoms associated with it. Periodontal disease carries a variety of risks including tooth loss, so treating it early when it is most easily addressed is the best course of action. If you or someone you love is suffering from advanced gum disease, then laser gum disease treatment is a great solution. Dr. Rice is here to help you enjoy improved oral health by identifying and treating periodontal disease.

What to Look For

These are just a few of the signs that periodontal disease is lurking in your mouth:

  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Inflamed, red gum tissue
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Gum tissue that bleeds easily when flossing
  • A metallic taste of copper in your mouth

Like most other health concerns, periodontal disease is most easily treated in its earliest stages. Dentists and dental hygienists check patients’ mouths for the signs of early gum disease during routine checkups; this is a good way to ensure that the problem is not advancing to more serious stages. If you have not had a routine dental checkup and cleaning in a while, then you may have a case of periodontal disease and not know it.

Treating Gum Disease

Gum disease can be treated by removing plaque and taking aggressive steps to keep plaque from developing on teeth. If an infection has become established in the gum tissue, the infection must be removed in order for the tissue to recover. Laser gum disease treatment is a great solution because infection is destroyed while healthy tissue is left intact. Dr. Rice uses this technique with the LANAP® laser treatment. This is a unique procedure that cleans deep into the crevice between your gums and teeth, destroying the bacteria causing the disease and renewing your smile. Regular deep cleanings would follow to ensure that your new smile is long-lasting.

If you have concerns about the health of your gums, schedule an appointment today by contacting Dr. Rice in Rockville, MD at the Advanced Gum Surgery Institute of Washington.



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