Do your gums bleed or feel tender when brushing or flossing your teeth?
Bleeding gums and sensitive gums can often be the warning sign of existing gum disease and should be addressed by Dr. Rever as soon as possible. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to damage affecting both the soft tissues of the gums and the integrity of your teeth. Healthy gums are the support system for your teeth and also serve as a protective barrier, keeping harmful bacteria in the mouth from entering the bloodstream.
Poor gum health can increase your risk for a range of overall health concerns from heart disease to systemic disease such as diabetes. When bacteria is able to penetrate the bloodstream, it can lead to internal inflammation that is often associated with these larger health concerns. Keeping your gums healthy with routine dental care plays a role in your quality of life.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen and/or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Shifting of teeth or loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures or an oral appliance
Treating Gum Disease in Silver Spring, MD
Dr. Rever has over 30 years of experience in the treatment of gum disease, from the early stages known as gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. He will evaluate the condition of your gum health and discuss your personal concerns during all routine dental care visits. If you have been avoiding the dentist for some time and are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, Dr. Rever welcomes new patients and can offer personalized, compassionate care for restoring your oral health.
Your treatment will depend on the stage and severity of your gum disease and can include both in office and at home procedures and products. Options may include:
- Antibacterial rinses: for early stage gingivitis or chronic gum disease, we may recommend the use of an antibacterial rinse at home.
- Scaling and root planing: this more intense cleaning procedure will remove tartar and plaque built up along the tooth roots and gum line.
- Laser dentistry: a soft tissue laser can be used to address damaged or disease gum tissue with less pain, bleeding or recovery time. The dental laser will stimulate the natural healing process.
- Oral surgery: for advanced cases of periodontitis, oral surgery for damaged areas of tissue may be necessary.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have concerns about the health of your gums or have noticed any of the above mentioned symptoms, contact our Silver Spring, MD dentist office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rever. We welcome new patients from Silver Spring and many other local communities including Columbia, Burtonsville, Laurel, and Laytonsville.