Do your gums bleed every time you brush your teeth? Do they hurt when you eat certain hot or cold foods?

Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy mouth. Recent studies have shown an association between gum disease and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Dr. Petkevis knows that prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases and other periodontal concerns are essential to a patients’ overall health and well-being.

What Causes Gum Disease?

The leading cause of gum disease is the build-up of plaque on your teeth. Other contributing factors may include teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, tobacco use, hormonal changes (as in pregnancy or menopause), and poor nutrition. We can determine the cause of your bleeding gums with a comprehensive dental exam. We understand that sometimes the root cause can be something that is not under your control. We are a judgement-free dentist office in Chester Springs PA. Our goal is to fix your issue as effectively and accurately as possible.

Common signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen or sore gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Changes in the fit of dentures

If you experience any of the above symptoms of gum disease, it’s time to schedule your next dental visit. Dr. Petkevis is a thorough dentist with years of experience treating bleeding gums.

How To Prevent Gum Disease

The best and most effective way to prevent gum disease is to visit your dentist twice a year for a thorough teeth cleaning. Regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings will significantly reduce plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth. Your dentist at Dental Distinctions monitors your gum health. During routine visits we carefully screen for any signs of gum disease before it causes gum irritation and gum damage. We will review your medical history with you, and determine the root of the cause. Sometimes, certain medications can be the culprit. It is important to talk to your general physician or doctor about medication symptoms.

If caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and reversible. Treatments in the early stages offer more quick and effective results. We provide education on proper at-home oral hygiene so you can be an active participant in keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Gum Disease Treatments in Chester Springs, PA

Depending on your gum disease symptoms, Dr. Petkevis offers several gum disease treatment options. Patients with early signs of gum disease may benefit from an intensive teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planning. During this procedure, the dentist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of your infected gums.

Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may be treated with laser dentistry. The dental laser carefully targets diseased gum tissue, cauterizing it with a sterile beam of laser energy.

The only way to know which treatment will be most effective for you is to visit Dr. Petkevis in his Chester Springs dentist office. Schedule a worry-free exam today.

Gum Disease FAQs

Can I live normally with gum disease?

No. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to other serious issues, such as oral cancer, that can compromise your overall health. Compromised gums can lead to tooth loss, receding gums, bleeding gums, heart issues, and more. It’s best to address your gum disease as soon as possible to save your oral and overall health.

Can gum disease be reversed?

Yes! Gum disease, bleeding gums, gingivitis, and even periodontitis can be quickly reversed and cured at the dentist office. In most cases, it can be done without oral surgery. 

How can I prevent my gum disease from coming back after treatment?

Keep up with your bi-yearly dental exams and teeth cleanings, brush your teeth with a gentle toothbrush at least twice a day, use mouthwash, and floss. Yes, it’s that easy to keep gum disease at bay! Your dentist can also recommend specific ways for your unique smile.