Gum Disease Treatment

Discover the best gum disease treatment at Fox View Dental, where Dr. Yenchesky and his team provide comprehensive solutions for gum disease.

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Restore Your Gums To Health with Dr. Yenchesky

When you think about maintaining a healthy smile, brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups probably come to mind. But even people who practice diligent at-home oral hygiene routines may miss the signs of a highly common issue that can destroy their oral health: gum disease. This common yet serious condition affects millions of people worldwide, and its effects can extend far beyond just your teeth and gums.

At Fox View Dental, our Green Bay dentist, Dr. Chad Yenchesky, understands the importance of early detection and treatment to prevent gum disease from progressing. Our team of experienced dental professionals is well-equipped to address all stages of gum disease.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection affecting the tissues supporting the teeth. It starts with the accumulation of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, on the teeth. When plaque builds up, it hardens into tartar, a hard, yellow substance that creates pockets between the gums and teeth. If left untreated, plaque and tartar can progress and lead to severe consequences, such as tooth loss and bone damage.

Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding Gums: Gums that bleed easily, especially during brushing or flossing.
  • Persistent Bad Breath: Halitosis that doesn’t improve with oral hygiene practices.
  • Swollen, Red Gums: Gums that appear inflamed and redder than usual.
  • Gum Recession: Teeth appear longer due to receding gums.
  • Tooth Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.
  • Loose or Shifting Teeth: Teeth that feel loose or shift in position.

Risk Factors for Gum Disease

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing habits can lead to plaque buildup.
  • Tobacco Use: Smoking and chewing tobacco increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Genetics: Some individuals may be more prone to gum disease due to genetic factors.
  • Poor Nutrition: A diet lacking essential nutrients can weaken the immune system.
  • Chronic Stress: Stress can compromise the body’s ability to fight infections.
  • Certain Medications: Some medications may have adverse effects on gum health.

The Stages of Gum Disease

Stage 1: Gingivitis

Gum disease is reversible at this early stage with proper treatment and oral hygiene. Common symptoms include red, swollen, and tender gums.

Stage 2: Early Periodontitis

As gum disease progresses, it can reach the periodontal ligament and bone. You may experience persistent bad breath and increased gum sensitivity.

Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis

At this point, the bone and fibers supporting the teeth are significantly damaged. Visible gum recession and tooth mobility may occur.

Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis

Severe bone loss, deep gum pockets, and potential tooth loss characterize this final stage. Professional intervention is crucial at this stage to prevent further damage.

Gum Disease Treatment at Fox View Dental

Professional Dental Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings are essential to maintain healthy gums and prevent the progression of gum disease. These routine cleanings can remove plaque and tartar from areas in the mouth that may be difficult to reach during your daily oral hygiene routine. 

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing refer to dual deep cleaning procedures that address gum disease. They involve our team using specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline, allowing the gums to heal and reattach to the teeth.

Antibiotics and Medications

Dr. Yenchesky may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics to control bacterial growth and treat gum infections. Using these as prescribed can help reduce the bacteria that cause gum disease, allowing your gums to heal faster. 

Preventive Measures for Gum Disease

Prevention is always better than a cure, and at Fox View Dental, we believe in educating our patients about proactive oral care. Here are some preventive measures to keep gum disease at bay:

  • Brushing and Flossing: Proper brushing and flossing techniques are crucial for maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Dr. Yenchesky will guide you on the best practices.
  • Regular Dental Cleanings: Professional dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup, reducing the risk of gum disease development.
  • Healthy Diet: A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals supports gum health and oral hygiene.
  • Avoid Tobacco Products: Smoking and tobacco use increase the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems.
  • Limit Sugary Foods: Excessive sugar consumption can contribute to gum disease. Moderation is key to keeping your gums healthy.

Keep Your Gums Healthy and Strong at Fox View Dental

At Fox View Dental, we prioritize your oral health and are dedicated to providing the best gum disease treatment possible. Our experienced Green Bay dentist, advanced technologies, and comprehensive approach make us a trusted choice for addressing gum disease and restoring your smile. 

Don’t let gum disease compromise your oral health — schedule an appointment with us today by calling (920) 336-4201 and take the first step towards healthier gums and a brighter smile. We’re happily accepting new patients from De Pere and the surrounding areas of Howard, Green Bay, and Hobart, WI. 

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