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Get help treating and preventing gum disease at Family Dentistry of Short Pump in Glen Allen.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection caused by bacteria in plaque. If left untreated, the bacteria can damage teeth, gums, and even the bones that support your teeth. Gum disease can cause bad breath, tooth loss, and other oral health problems.

At Family Dentistry of Short Pump, we can help you identify the symptoms of gum disease, treat it before it gets worse, and prevent it from coming back.

Signs and symptoms of gum disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Receding gum line or gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose teeth or changes in tooth alignment

How we treat gum disease

Routine dental checkups and cleanings can typically prevent gum disease. These visits are usually covered by dental insurance. Depending on how your teeth and gums respond to treatment, the dentists at Family Dentistry of Short Pump may recommend additional steps, such as a deeper cleaning procedure called scaling and planning. For more serious conditions there are medications and surgical procedures to treat gum disease available as well.

How you can prevent gum disease:

There are simple everyday steps you can take to prevent gum disease, such as:

  • Brushing and flossing twice daily
  • Using an antimicrobial mouthwash
  • Following a schedule of regular dental checkups

We’re here to answer your questions about gum disease!

Gum disease is easy to prevent with routine dental care including visiting your dentist twice yearly for checkups. However, if you begin experiencing symptoms of gum disease or require extra treatments, our team at Family Dentistry of Short Pump is here to help! Give us a call today at 804-527-2982 so we can set up an appointment for you soon!

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