Gingivitis & Periodontal Therapy In Toledo

At our Dental Practice in Sylvania

Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, is a common problem among adults. The erosion of the gums around teeth can vary from minor, with just a little inflammation of the gums, to a serious problem that can cause tooth loss. Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria that is found naturally in your mouth. Brushing can clear away that bacteria, but it grows back quickly and, without regular dental care, can cause periodontal disease. Risk factors include smoking, diabetes, poor oral hygiene, serious illnesses such as cancer, hormonal changes in women, heredity and some medications. Periodontal disease typically begins to arise in adults who are in their 30s or 40s, and is more common in men than among women.

Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease. As the bacteria in plaque builds up, gums become swollen and may bleed easily. Left untreated, it can progress to the more serious periodontal disease. The standard cleaning procedures in dental offices (e.g. scaling and root planing) help remove plaque and tartar and help reduce bacteria, but unfortunately bacteria reproduce quickly, so it is difficult to control between office visits.

Illustration of the stages of periodontal disease

Symptoms of Periodontal disease

  • Receding gums around the base of the tooth
  • Bad breath that does not go away
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Sores in your mouth

The team at Dental Health Associates in Toledo has extensive education and experience in the treatment of Gingivitis and Periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can remain unnoticed and painless until it comes to a point where there is already serious damage to the gums and supporting bone around your teeth. At your visit, we will clearly explain your condition and use the latest non-surgical techniques to treat your periodontal disease. We will make sure that you are comfortable and pain-free during any necessary treatment. We also work with the top periodontal specialists in the area, and can refer you if we find that your treatment needs are beyond what we can provide.

If you choose not to have gum surgery, Dental Health Associates also offers the Perio Protect® method. Perio Protect® is a comprehensive method customized for each patient to help manage biofilms, which are communities of bacteria growing in the spaces or pockets between teeth and gum tissue. The overall goal of the PerioProtect Method™ is to manage oral bio film with minimally invasive dentistry for lasting oral health.