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Periodontal Therapy: Be Kind to your Gums

Effective Periodontal Therapy Can Help Red, Swollen or Tender Gums

Are your gums red, swollen or tender? If so, let us help. At Portway Dentistry, our dentists work to combat the negative effects of gum disease. Whether you are suffering from major symptoms like receding gums and shifting teeth or smaller problems like bad breath and red gums, we can help your mouth heal and your smile shine.


Your Symptoms

Is there constant plaque buildup in your mouth? Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? You may be in the beginning stages of gingivitis, also known as gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis advances to periodontitis and you might begin to lose teeth. To avoid the damaging effects of gingivitis and periodontitis, pay attention to these common symptoms:


  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Gums that regularly bleed (usually after brushing)
  • Loose, shifting teeth
  • Changes in bite
  • Deep pockets between teeth and gums


Fortunately, our periodontal therapy treats the early stages of periodontal disease with root planning and scaling. If you’re not experiencing these symptoms but you still worry about your teeth, visit us for a periodontal checkup.


Our Services

During your checkup, we will examine your gums for periodontal disease. Once we measure the depth of spaces between your gums and teeth using a periodontal probe, we can determine whether or not you have periodontal disease.


How do we know? If the sulcus (the shallow, V-shaped groove between the tooth and gums) is deeper than three millimeters, you probably have some form of gum disease. If you’re diagnosed, our Portway Dentistry team will set up a treatment plan to get your mouth back on track. Without periodontal therapy, gum disease progresses and begins to destroy gum tissue and bones.


Keep your teeth in place and your mouth healthy—call our office to schedule a checkup today.


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