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Many adults in the United States suffer from gum disease. However in some cases, the condition is painless, and you may not know that you have it. Gum disease can be caused by many things, but the primary cause is the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. That plaque will result in swollen gums.

Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding when brushing and flossing; gums that are tender, swollen or red, receding gums, loose or sensitive teeth, and chronic bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to lost teeth, loss of bone mass in your jaw, and complications for other parts of your body. Fortunately, Dr. Sherif Gabr of Modern Dentistry of New England can help you combat the problem of gum disease.

Depending on the condition of your gums and the severity of the disease, Dr. Gabr may suggest a change in lifestyle, or in some cases, surgery may be required. Often, if you are suffering from gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease, Dr. Gabr can treat you through planing and root scaling. Planing and root scaling can take two appointments, and a local anesthetic may be required. Dr. Gabr will first remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth above and below the gumline. Then, he will clean the roots of your teeth and smooth them out so that they can re-attach themselves to your jawbone.

The best way to address gum disease is through prevention. You should brush at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time. Brush the fronts, backs and chewing and biting surfaces of your teeth. Remember to brush your tongue, since it harbors bacteria as well. You should floss at least once a day, and many people choose to floss before bed. Curve the floss around each tooth, and floss upwards, and remember to floss below your gumline. Start with your back teeth and work your way to the front. You should see Dr. Gabr every six months for a cleaning and exam. Dr. Gabr can remove any plaque and tartar that you did not remove by brushing, and check for problems such as gum disease.

If you have noticed that you have the symptoms of gum disease, if it is time for your regular cleaning and exam, or if you are just looking for a family dentist, Dr. Gabr would love to see you! If you live in Bristol or West Hartford, Connecticut please contact Modern Dentistry of New England at 860-582-4485 in Bristol, or 860-523-5538 in West Hartford, to schedule an appointment.