Receding Gums - More Than A Cosmetic Issue

Dental Patient Suffering From Gum Disease

It is important to keep your gums healthy and regularly visiting a dentist in Pittsfield, MA. Not only is your oral health important for your overall health, if it is not maintained, poor oral health can lead to permanent bone or gum loss due to gum disease


Gum Disease

If you are experiencing temperature sensitivity, receding, soft-feeling, or bleeding gums, or loose teeth, you may have gum disease. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, happens when gums are inflamed because of bacteria exposure. It can be quite painful and, if left untreated, can increase the risk for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Often, dentists in Pittsfield, MA. will need to treat gum disease through surgery. While the thought of oral surgery may seem uncomfortable, there are alternative options available instead of traditional oral surgery that can cause discomfort and longer recovery times.


Laser Gum Surgery Procedure

Laser gum surgery, specifically the Pinhole Surgical Technique, is a great, safer alternative to traditional surgery that maintains the health of gums without cutting or removing gum tissue. The laser is able to precisely distinguish between healthy and unhealthy gums, making it very precise. The laser removes harmful bacteria that causes gum disease while maintaining healthy gums and bone tissue. When done properly, laser gum surgery can offer a safer, long-term treatment option for gum disease. To maintain the health of your gums after surgery, be sure to keep your oral health a priority. A few simple tips to remember for keeping your teeth and gums healthy include:

  • Daily brushing. Be sure to brush at least twice a day to maintain a healthy mouth. Removing bacteria daily will help decrease your chances of getting gum disease.
  • Healthy diet. Eating healthy foods can help maintain your oral and overall health. Try to limit consumption of unhealthy foods and increase consumption of foods that will help keep you healthy.
  • Remove unhealthy habits. Try to remove unhealthy habits like cigarette smoking that can increase your risk of getting gum disease.


Ready To Learn More?

Call our doctor, Michael Williams, D.M.D, today at (413) 216-0740 to learn more about your options for receding gums and make it a thing of the past, at our office in Pittsfield, MA to schedule a consultation today!

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