Bleeding gums and bad breath is a key symptom of oral health problems, but these symptoms usually occur after the disease has already wreaked major havoc on your teeth and gums. The first signs and symptoms are much less noticeable, and may be unrecognizable. If you suspect you may have gum disease, give Dr. Steven Saunders, Dr. Victor Saunders, and Dr. Jeff Dickson a call to schedule an appointment. All three are highly trained and experienced periodontists that specialize in laser dentistry in Harrisonburg, VA.

The First Signs

Healthy gums are firm to the touch, pink in color, and fit tightly around the teeth in your mouth. If you suspect you have gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease) you will notice:

 ·         Swollen, red gums
 ·         Tender and sensitive gums
 ·         Gums that easily bleed during oral hygiene care

If gingivitis isn’t treated promptly, the symptoms worsen and become periodontitis, a more severe form of oral disease. You will notice:

 ·         Bad breath that lingers all day, even after brushing
 ·         Puss oozing out of the gums
 ·         Loose teeth
 ·         Gums pulling away from the teeth
 ·         A difference in your bite

These symptoms are serious and require immediate attention from Dr. Saunders or Dr. Dickson. The sooner treatment is received for disease, the quicker the teeth and gums will heal. A professional periodontist provides the care necessary to prevent a worsened condition.

Treatment Options

One of the most beneficial treatment options available for gum disease is laser therapy. With the LANAP® procedure, Dr. Saunders and Dr. Dickson are able to remove the infected tissue, stimulating re-growth of healthy tissue, with a minimally invasive procedure. In fact, 90% of the inflammation in your gums can be removed in just one LANAP® session.

Contact Us Today

If you would like to learn more about the LANAP® procedure or to determine if you are a good candidate for this innovative solution that helps banish gum disease, give our office a call. Dr. Saunders and Dr. Dickson are available for a consultation to provide you with all the information necessary, to make this important decision about your oral health. Give us a call today at (540) 907-4060.