Gum therapy is needed when gum disease has progressed to an advanced stage, beyond what a simple teeth cleaning can do for you. At the office of our Eatontown dentist, Julie Elessawi, our goal is to keep your gums strong and healthy, and to return them to that state in the event that a problem does arise.
Keeping your gums vibrant and pink, their natural state, begins with eating a nutritious diet with limited sugar. Dental plaque, the primary danger to your gums, is fueled by sugar. Of course, daily brushing and flossing goes a long way toward removing plaque from your mouth, but some of this filmy bacterial substance manages to hide in gum pockets and out of reach of your oral hygiene regimen. It will then turn into hardened tartar. Initially, the effects of plaque and tartar will be confined to reddening and irritation of your gums. And if you come in to see our Eatontown dentist every six months for an oral exam, plaque and tartar will be eliminated with a teeth cleaning. And if you are showing signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, they will be reversed. And that’s a very good thing, because left untreated, gum disease will lead to the advanced stage of periodontitis, along with persistent bad breath, receding gums, and bleeding when you brush. Given enough time, you may suffer erosion of gum and bone tissue, and your teeth can loosen. That’s when you will need our gum therapy, a deeper type of cleaning known as scaling and root planing, in which our Eatontown dentist gets down to the roots to remove the offending bacteria. Only then will your gums begin to heal.
Schedule an appointment at our office for a teeth cleaning, and if it’s been a long time and you’re noticing indications of periodontitis, you may need our gum therapy instead.