Gum Disease Specialist

Lakeside Family Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Shrewsbury, MA

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects more than half of the American adult population, according to the CDC. Fortunately, this oral health problem can be treated. Assia Fain, DMD, and her expert dental team at Lakeside Family Dental provide gum disease treatment in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, for you and your whole family. Learn more about how to prevent and treat gum disease by calling the practice, or schedule an appointment online.

Gum Disease Q&A

What is gum disease? 

Gum disease is a progressive infection in the mouth that develops when excessive plaque and tartar build-up around the base of the tooth and create deep pockets around the gum line. These pockets attract bacteria which leads to an infection. 

If left untreated, this can start to wear down gum tissue and also break down bone. Bone loss can lead to complete tooth loss and a host of other oral health problems, which is why early treatment and preventive care are essential for maintaining healthy gums and teeth.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Gum disease can go undetected so it’s important to pay attention to the following warning signs. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating
  • Gums that are pulling away from and exposing the tooth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Tender and sensitive gums or teeth
  • Excessive bad breath
  • Pus between the gums and teeth

What are gum disease treatment options?

Dr. Fain and her team at Lakeside Family Dental provide customized gum disease treatment to ensure patients have infection-free gums and can maintain healthy gums throughout their lifetime. 

Scaling and root planing involve removing infected tissue and plaque buildup below the gum line to restore gum health. Oral surgery might be needed in severe cases. Preventive care is critical for maintaining results after surgery and might involve more frequent dental cleanings and checkups, using a medicated mouthwash, and making lifestyle changes to keep your gums healthy.

How can I prevent gum disease?

There are several ways to lower your risk of gum disease or prevent it from recurring after you have undergone treatment. Your prevention plan might include:

  • Visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings
  • Brushing and flossing after meals
  • Using a medicated mouthwash regularly
  • Using an interdental cleaner or floss to clean properly between teeth
  • Brushing at the gum line
  • Keeping your toothbrush free of germs
  • Using a high-quality toothbrush
  • Massaging the gums regularly to stimulate blood circulation
  • Getting enough calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin D in your diet

Learn more about gum disease treatment options and prevention by calling Lakeside Family Dental, or schedule an appointment online.