Gentle Dental of Springfield
760 W Sproul Road, Suite 100, Springfield, PA 19064

Win the War Against Gingivitis and Periodontitis

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Gum disease, if not treated properly, can lead to tooth loss. The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis; it involves only mild inflammation of your gum tissues and can often be reversed. If left untreated, the condition will eventually lead to periodontal disease or periodontitis. This occurs when the bacteria and plaque buildup cause gums to pull away from your teeth and form pockets that collect debris and become infected. As higher levels of toxins from bacteria and enzymes break down the bone and connective tissues that anchor your teeth in place, your teeth become loose and may eventually fall out. Researchers have discovered links between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and low birth weight. 



While dental plaque is the primary cause of most cases, the following factors may also contribute to periodontal disease:

  • Illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, HIV, and other immune problems
  • Certain medications such as Dilantin, Procardia, and Adalat
  • Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause
  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • A family history of dental disease

The symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis can be subtle and may go unnoticed, but the following are clear warning signs:

  • Red, inflamed, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums, particularly after brushing
  • Receding gums
  • The presence of pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in bite
  • Changes in the way partial dentures fit
  • Persistent bad breath

The early stages of gum disease are reversible. Your dentist will check for signs of diseased gums during a comprehensive exam. Treatment depends on the stage and severity of the disease. It may include special cleaning instructions or products, medicated mouth rinses, or surgery to restore supportive gum tissues.

The following recommendations can help decrease your risk of gum disease and its rate of progression.

  • Brush twice a day and floss once a day.
  • Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Manage tooth-grinding problems.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Springfield, call Gentle Dental of Springfield today at (484) 810-1247 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Springfield. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Springfield, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Springfield.

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