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Six Signs You Should See a Periodontist

March 19th, 2018

Periodontal (gum) disease affects millions of people in the United States every year and is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Yet in most cases, many people with gum disease don’t even realize they have it because there are few noticeable symptoms in its earliest stages. Below, we’ve put together six tell-tale signs of gum disease that indicate it’s time to visit Delaware Periodontics for an evaluation and possible treatment.

1.Bleeding Gums

If your gums are bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth, you may have plaque buildup that has irritated and inflamed your gum tissue. Gums that bleed for no apparent reason should never be ignored, and a visit with Dr. Klassman can help with early diagnosis and treatment you need.

2. Chronic Bad Breath

If you notice that your breath smells unpleasant even after brushing and flossing, it’s time to visit a periodontist. Bad breath (also known as halitosis) is often caused by an excessive amount of harmful bacteria that has infected the gum tissues.

3. Receding Gums

Does it look as though your teeth are longer than they used to be because the gum tissues have pulled away from the roots of your teeth? Then you may have receding gums caused by gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. It’s important to take gingivitis seriously as it can lead to a more serious form of gum disease (called periodontitis) which can lead to tooth loss if not treated.

4. Temperature Sensitivity

Gum recession is a gradual process that can go on unnoticed for several years. If you suddenly notice that your teeth are sensitive to extreme cold or hot temperatures, your gums may have receded to the point that the roots of your teeth are exposed and vulnerable to infection.

5. Teeth that Feel Loose

Do any of your teeth feel loose? Loose teeth are often caused by harmful bacteria that develops in pockets around the tooth roots. This accumulation of bacteria triggers the loss of bone and connective tissue that secure the teeth in place.

 6. Sore, Soft, and Mushy Gums

Healthy gums are light pink, firm to the touch, and very elastic. If your gums are red, sore and feel soft and mushy to the touch, it’s definitely time to book an appointment with a periodontist. If you were to ignore these signs, your teeth could become so loose that they’d need to be extracted.

 Contact Delaware Periodontics Today

Dr. Klassman is a leading specialist in periodontal treatment for patients in and around Wilmington and Dover, DE. If you’re displaying any early signs of gum disease, we urge you to request an appointment with us today to take the critical first step in restoring and preserving your oral health. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Periodontal Disease and Men

February 19th, 2018

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When it comes to periodontal health, men and women differ as men encounter periodontal (gum) disease more often than women. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, 56% of all men will develop some form of periodontal disease during their lives as compared to just 38% of women. Why is this? Our Wilmington & Dover periodontist, Dr. Klassman, and other researchers believe it’s because men tend not to see their dentists as often as women.

If you’re an adult male who doesn’t schedule regular appointments with your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings, you should know you’re taking a big risk with the health of your gums and teeth. You should also know that your periodontal health can impact a variety of other health factors including:

Prostate Health

The prostate gland produces prostate-specific antigen (PSA) which is an enzyme that is normally secreted in very small amounts. However, when the prostate is infected, inflamed, or affected by cancer, PSA levels soar. It’s been found that men with signs of periodontal disease like red, swollen and tender gums as well as prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland) have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of the conditions..This means that prostate health may be associated with periodontal health, and vice versa.

Heart Disease

Research strongly suggests that people with gum disease are at higher risk of developing heart disease because the harmful bacteria that causes gum disease can travel via the bloodstream to infect and inflame the heart. Considering that males are already at higher risk for heart disease than females, men should always take good care of their gums to reduce this risk.

Cancer

It’s been found via research that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. Specifically, men with gum disease are 49 percent more likely than women to develop kidney cancer, 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancer.

What to Do? Take Excellent Care of Your Teeth & Gums

To reduce the risk of developing gum disease and other health problems associated with having unhealthy gums, it’s vital to do a great job with your oral hygiene routine. This means you should be brushing your teeth after every meal and at bedtime and flossing once per day. In total, you should be spending 10 to 15 minutes every day cleaning your teeth and gums. It’s just as important to visit your dentist every six months or so to have your mouth examined and your teeth cleaned.

Visit Your Local Wilmington & Dover Periodontist

If you have any signs of gum disease like red or swollen gums, bleeding when you floss or persistent bad breath, we encourage you to request an appointment with Dr. Klassman today. We look forward to providing you with the periodontal care you need for a healthier and happier you!

How Laser Periodontal Therapy Treats Gum Disease

January 18th, 2018

As laser technology has evolved at an incredible rate, lasers are now routinely being used by dentists to detect and treat tooth decay, as well as speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. As a leader in periodontics, Dr. Klassman is proud to be the first periodontist to offer laser periodontal therapy in the state of Delaware. Our office has unmatched experience in this form of treatment, and want to provide you with more information if you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease.

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Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease (aka periodontal disease) is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues that support your teeth. If left untreated, the disease accelerates as the harmful bacteria works its way deep in the crevices (pockets) between your gums and teeth. Gum disease can be caused by:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Chronic illnesses such as diabetes
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics

Typical treatment for gum disease is scaling and root planing. This is a non-surgical procedure that removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. The teeth are cleaned (scaling) and then made smooth (planing). Sometimes gum flap surgery is performed which involves cutting into the gum tissue to allow for deep cleaning around the tooth roots.

How Laser Therapy Works

When you visit Dr. Klassman for laser therapy, you will be given a local anesthetic to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. Once your gums are numb, he will use a small dental laser to vaporize and remove the diseased gum tissue from around the root of the teeth. Then, the laser fires a second time to heat the area quickly until a clot is formed, to cauterize the wound. The precision of the laser means that only the infected gum tissue is removed while leaving the healthy tissue untouched.

Benefits

Treating gum disease with laser therapy is beneficial in many ways including:

  • No general anesthesia required
  • No incisions or sutures used
  • The laser can precisely and accurately target the diseased areas
  • Pain, bleeding, and swelling are limited because periodontal laser therapy is less invasive than surgery
  • Less costly than surgery
  • Short recovery and healing time

Post-Treatment Care

After you’ve undergone laser periodontal treatment, your body will begin the healing process to restore your gums to a robust state of health. It is normal to have some light bleeding, slight swelling, and some soreness after the treatment. We will provide you with specific aftercare instructions before you leave our office. To reduce the risk of future infections, be sure to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist bi-annually for routine exams and cleanings. If you’re a smoker, kick the habit so you can enjoy having healthier gums.

Contact Delaware Periodontics Today!

If you have any questions about laser periodontal therapy, please feel free to contact us for the answers you need. If you suspect that you have gum disease, we encourage you to request an appointment with Dr. Klassman right away, because the sooner you’re diagnosed and treated, the better. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Healthy Gums for the New Year

January 18th, 2018

Most new year resolutions involve losing weight, putting aside some money or quitting a bad habit like smoking. As your local Wilmington & Dover periodontal experts, we think it’s a great idea to promise yourself you’ll make 2018 the year you resolve to improve the health of your gums. By visiting us for a periodontal evaluation, we can diagnose your current periodontal health. If Dr. Klassman determines that your gums are unhealthy, he’ll provide you with one of our periodontal procedures to restore the health of your gums.

Why Having Healthy Gums is ImportantHealthy Gums

Many people overlook their gums when caring for their oral health because they’re more focused on having teeth that are strong, beautiful, and pearly white. However, it doesn’t matter how good your teeth look if they’re not supported properly by healthy, strong gums.
When you have gum (periodontal) disease that’s left untreated, harmful bacteria will slowly destroy the gum tissue and the ligaments holding your teeth in your gums. As the disease progresses, this bacteria can destroy the bone surrounding your teeth, causing your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.

Signs of Unhealthy Gums

When your gums are healthy, they’re firm, pink in color, and don’t bleed each time you brush and floss your teeth. Some signs to watch for that can indicate you have periodontal disease include:

  • Gums that are red in color
  • Gums that feel mushy to the touch
  • Gums that bleed frequently when brushing and flossing
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • Teeth that feel loose

About Our Wilmington Periodontal Therapy

The periodontal therapy we offer at Delaware Periodontics includes both surgical and non-surgical procedures to restore the tissues that support the teeth and prevent tooth loss. If you have gum disease, we may suggest a non-surgical procedure like deep scaling to remove the plaque and tartar from beneath the gums. If Dr. Klassman needs to remove bacteria in pockets found around the roots of your teeth, he may suggest you undergo surgical periodontal therapy.

Another gum disease treatment that may be recommended for you is a painless procedure called laser periodontal therapy. Using a small laser fiber that’s no thicker than three hairs put together, Dr. Klassman can clear away infection between the teeth and gums, while leaving the healthy tissue intact.

Schedule A Consultation With Us Today!

Regardless of the type of gum treatment you’ll receive, once your treatment is over, you’ll leave our office with a smile on your face, knowing that your gums are healthy! If you’re ready to get 2018 off to a great start by checking on the health of your gums, call us today at (302) 658-7871 to schedule an appointment with our Wilmington periodontist. We look forward to seeing you soon!