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Scott M. Hannaman, DDS
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The Surprising Truth About Gum Disease

July 13, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Scott M. Hannaman and Dr. Edward J. Hebert Staff
Family of dental patients near Lake Charles, LA

Did you know that around half of American adults are impacted by gum disease in some form? Worse yet, many of them don't even realize that they have it.

It's true! Gum disease is a condition that progresses slowly and without much pain in the beginning. So it's a difficult condition to diagnose without the help of your Lake Charles dentist. Here's what you should know.

You Can Prevent Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease. There aren't many symptoms; however, you may find that your gums bleed after brushing or flossing, or they appear irritated and swollen. Chronic bad breath that doesn't go away with brushing or a mouth rinse is also a sign of gingivitis.

The good news is that your dental hygienist can help you successfully manage and sometimes even reverse gingivitis with a thorough professional cleaning. And your dentist can detect it early on during your routine checkup and screening every six months.

Treating Advanced Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. If you are dealing with this condition, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing that removes plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line.

Your dentist may also use the dental laser to remove the infected tissue that causes periodontitis. The dental laser makes treatment more comfortable and efficient for patients managing gum disease, and it accelerates healing time by eliminating the need for cutting and sutures.

Your hygienist may also apply an antibiotic ointment to help combat the infection and expedite the healing process.

Contact Your Lake Charles Dentist for More Information

If you have questions or concerns about gum disease in Lake Charles, LA, Dr. Hannaman, and Dr. Herbert are here to help. Contact our dental office today at (337) 474-4892 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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