Periodontitis is a gum infection that causes damage to the soft tissue and destroys the done that supports teeth, and can result in loose teeth or even tooth loss. You may have heard that periodontitis is common, but the good news is that it is very preventable with proper oral hygiene. At Affinity Dental, our staff periodontist provides specialized care to patients when needed. (more…)
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Even if you have a white smile and straight teeth that are cavity-free, there is still a chance of developing gum disease. While brushing your teeth and keeping them sparkling white is important, gum health is also an essential part of oral care! Continue reading to learn more about gum disease and how to keep your gums healthy. (more…)
If your gums show signs of redness and are swollen or bleeding, you may be developing gum disease. It doesn’t take too long for gum disease to get worse and create more problems, so it’s crucial to catch it early. Once you visit with your dentist, there are a few home remedies you can do to treat gum disease and get back your healthy teeth and gums! (more…)
Did you know that over half of Americans have some form of gum disease? The good news, however, is that if gum disease is caught early enough, the progression can be stopped and the damage may be reversed. You can only stop the progression of gum disease with a combination of a gum disease fighting diet, professional oral care, and proper oral hygiene. (more…)
Seeing blood after you brush your teeth or floss is always alarming, but it isn’t always an emergency. If you notice bleeding or anything unusual during your oral care routine, give your dentist at Affinity Dental a visit for a check-up. In the meantime, here are some of the most common causes of bleeding gums. (more…)
There are several different forms of periodontal disease, but you are likely most familiar with gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontal diseases, or gum diseases, lead to chronic inflammation of the gums and can lead to pain and tooth loss. Let’s talk about how you can identify, treat, and prevent periodontitis. (more…)
You are likely aware that adults and children should regularly brush and floss to maintain optimal oral health. But do you know just how critical it is to practice oral hygiene every single day, twice a day? Neglecting to clean your teeth can yield dangerous results in a matter of 48 hours. Maryland’s Best Dentists are here to help you understand the difference between plaque and tartar and why this is important. (more…)
The importance of regular brushing and flossing for optimal oral health should come as a surprise to no one. However, many people let their oral responsibility to floss fall by the wayside. Flossing is an essential part of maintaining your oral health and preventing sudden cavities and gum disease.
Have you recently started flossing? Do your gums or teeth hurt after flossing? At Affinity Dental, we are proud that you are taking a necessary step to address your oral health. If you have been out of the flossing game for a while, or even if you’ve been doing it for years – if you are experiencing pain there is a good chance one of the reasons below is to blame. (more…)
Are your gums red and inflamed? Do you find yourself with really bad breath even after brushing regularly? Do your gums bleed when you floss? You might be dealing with a nasty case of gum disease. Now, gum disease can be prevented and treated, so there’s no need to feel down just yet. If you think you suffer from gum disease then you need to start thinking about how you can improve your situation. It can be done, so don’t fret. Let’s check out some of the signs of gum disease and how to improve your oral health. (more…)
We’ve recently covered some of the potential causes of gum disease. Whether your gum disease has resulted from poor brushing, medication, hormonal changes, or as a side effect of another illness, one thing’s for sure: It’s painful. If you have gum disease you’ll want to consult your Maryland dentist quickly on possible treatment options for this common condition. Affinity Dental, your Maryland family dentist, is here with some of the possible treatments for advanced gum disease.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Plaque is a hard substance that builds up on tooth surfaces, forming a hardened layer of bacteria laden gunk. Often the first procedure used to address gum disease is a thorough dental cleaning, wherein your Maryland dentist will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing
If general plaque cleaning isn’t enough, but your gum disease does not yet warrant surgical intervention, your Maryland dentist may recommend scaling and root planting. During this procedure your dentist will, after anesthetizing you, clean plaque and tartar from your tooth roots, as well as from your visible gum line, and anywhere that tartar has caused your gum line to deteriorate.
The most common surgical procedure that a Maryland dentist will perform on patients suffering from advanced forms of gum disease, pocket reduction, also called flap surgery, involves your dentist making an incision in your gums and peeling back a flap to remove subsurface tartar and plaque. Your dentist will also smooth damaged tooth structure and more tightly sew your gums back in place, reducing the space that bacteria can grow in.
Do You Need Gum Disease Treatment in Maryland?
Contact Affinity Dental! Affinity Dental’s team of experienced and personable physicians have the technology and skill necessary to treat your gum disease quickly, effectively, and painlessly. Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service, keeping mouths gum disease-free and smiles gleaming white. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.
Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!