Hires Dental Care specializes in the prevention, treatment and management of gum disease and other periodontal concerns in the Perrysburg, OH area. Gum disease is a disease that can damage the integrity of the health and function of the smile. Harmful bacteria in the mouth feed off of tartar and plaque buildup and multiply, spreading throughout the mouth. The bacteria will eventually grow in pockets deep inside the gum line. As the bacteria spread, the gum line can separate from the teeth and begin to recede, leaving tooth roots exposed and the teeth can become susceptible to extreme sensitivity and even loss. It’s important to seek help from Dr. J. Eric Hires if you think you may have gum disease.
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
The best way to prevent gum disease is with good oral health routines, regular visits to Hires Dental Care in the Perrysburg, OH area and a healthy diet. Removing plaque before it hardens into tartar can prevent gum irritation and gum disease.
During routine dental visits, our dentists carefully screen for signs and symptoms of gum disease. When caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and even reversible. It is important to treat gum disease in its early stages to prevent progression to periodontitis, which is more difficult to treat.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re searching for a dentist that treats gum disease in the Sylvania Township, OH, Perrysburg, OH and Toledo, OH areas, schedule an appointment with Hires Dental Care. Dr. Hires and his associates offer many treatments to help you heal and prevent all stages of gum disease.
There are two key stages of gum disease, each of which can have a progression of symptoms. Typically, patients do not realize they have gum disease until the later stages, when damage to the gums affects the teeth or gums become significantly irritated. This is why it’s crucial to have Dr. Hires perform a thorough exam for gum disease in their Perrysburg, OH dentist office.
Gingivitis: An early stage gum disease, gingivitis is typically easy to treat but may require additional at home care to prevent it from returning. Patients with recurring gingivitis may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings in our dentist office.
Periodontitis: An advanced gum disease, periodontitis can cause permanent damage to gum tissue and weaken the teeth. This often requires intensive treatment to address damage and restore oral health.
After an evaluation of your oral health, Dr. Hires will recommend appropriate and necessary treatment for restoring healthy gums. As disease progresses, it deepens the pockets between the teeth and the gums, pulling the gum tissue away from the teeth and exposing sensitive root structure. This can lead to pain, sensitivity and loose teeth.
Preventive Care & Anti-Bacterial Rinse: If caught early, gingivitis can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning at our Perrysburg, OH dentist office. One of our dentists may also recommend improved at home oral hygiene and using an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to help keep your oral bacteria balanced.
Scaling & Root Planing: This treatment method is an intensive dental cleaning that removes bacteria from the gums. Using special tools, one of our dentists will scrape away plaque and tartar build up and removes bacteria from the deep gum pockets where it forms. Removing the bacteria from the pockets in the early stages of development can help prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
Gum Surgery: If more advanced cases of periodontal disease, gum surgery may be necessary. Hires Dental Care will refer you to a local Perrysburg, OH periodontist or oral surgeon for further advice on how to treat the effects of gums disease to restore health and function to the teeth and gums.
A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.