Do your gums hurt? Have you noticed blood on your toothbrush after you’re done brushing? Do your gums feel swollen or look red and irritated? If so, you may have gum or periodontal disease, and it is essential that you call our office today for treatment.

Gum disease is a condition that afflicts many patients, and most of them go without even knowing that they have it until it has already progressed. Gum disease is one of the most common reasons for gum pain and tooth loss.

At Healthy Smiles in Phoenix, we are committed to ensuring that your gums remain healthy forever. No matter your age, we will make sure you are always in great dental health.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease occurs when the plaque on your teeth is not removed and turns to hardened tartar. As the plaque and tartar move under the gumline, your gums become irritated and sore.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is usually treated with some changes in your oral care and perhaps your medication. Once the plaque is removed through better home hygiene and regular cleanings at our office, your gums will feel less irritated.

Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease and can develop when gingivitis is not taken care of or diagnosed early enough. Periodontitis leads to bone loss and tooth loss and is cared for with deep cleaning treatments.

Signs of Gum Disease

If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, it is important that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Anastassatos right away:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Irritated, sore, and red gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Receding gums that pull away from the teeth
  • Pain in the gums
  • Chronic bad breath

Your Gum Disease Appointment

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Anastassatos will do a workup of your teeth and gums using X-rays and performing an oral exam. In addition, he will do a probing to find out how far along your gum disease is.

When periodontal or gum disease is present, we will perform an ultrasonic cleaning and a deep cleaning known as root planing and scaling. Once the cleaning is done, a determination will be made as to whether you need further treatment or not.

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