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 patient 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.

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

How To Prevent Gum Disease

Regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning will allow for the removal of plaque and tartar build-up before it causes gum irritation and disease. During routine visits we carefully screen for any signs of gum disease because if caught early gum disease is easily treatable and reversible. We also provide education on proper at home oral hygiene so you can be an active participant in keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Gum Disease Treatment

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 the gum.

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.