Dr. Amy Marckese-Braun offers periodontal therapy at DentalSpa in Indianapolis for the prevention and treatment of gum disease. It is estimated that 3 of every 4 adults is affected by gum disease, which when left untreated can lead to tooth loss and contribute to health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.
In many cases, patients are unaware of the presence of gum disease until either it is spotted during a routine visit with Dr. Marckese-Braun or has advanced and begun to cause damage to the teeth and gums.
Depending on your specific condition, there are a variety of treatment options for gum disease. After a thorough exam, Dr. Marckese-Braun will recommend the option best suited for restoring your oral health.
Preventing Gum Disease
Dr. Marckese-Braun emphasizes the benefits of routine dental care when it comes to reducing the risk of developing gum disease. During these visits, she and her staff take the time to offer personalized oral hygiene tips to help you maintain healthy gums between visits.
Why Do My Gums Bleed?
It is not normal for gums to bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth. Yet, a number of patients come to us with concerns about bleeding gums or sore gums. There are a number of reasons why gums bleed. In some cases, it may simply be that the patient is brushing their teeth too hard, using a toothbrush with too firm of bristles, or being overly aggressive when flossing. The gums are an extremely sensitive tissue and you should be careful not to abrade or cut the gum tissue and cause bleeding.
Women are commonly affected by gum disease and bleeding gums during pregnancy due to hormonal changes taking place in the body. Pregnant women should continue to brush and floss, but be extra cautious around sensitive gum tissue to prevent bleeding. It is important to maintain routine visits to the dentist during pregnancy to monitor gum health.
Bacteria that is found in plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease; however, several other factors can tribute or put you at increased risk. These factors include: genetics/family history, smoking/tobacco use, clenching/grinding, hormones, diabetes, medications, stress, poor oral hygiene, person to person transmission, and lack of routine six month dental check-ups or proper periodontal maintenance follow-up from past periodontal treatment.
Dr. Marckese-Braun provides periodontal therapy at DentalSpa to treat the various stages of gum disease and will recommend appropriate treatment after a thorough exam and determination of the stage of gum disease present.
How periodontal disease is treated depends on the stage. Each patient’s treatment is designed to fit their specific condition. It is our job not only to treat you, but also to teach you proper home care to make your treatment and maintenance successful. As partners in their overall health care, we emphasize the importance of working with each patient to address their personal oral healthcare needs.
Common Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Red, swollen or sore gums
Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
Bad breath (halitosis)
Changes in the fit of dentures
If you notice any of the above signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marckese-Braun to ensure effective treatment and reduce the risk of further damage or more complex dental problems.
Treating Gum Disease
Dr. Marckese-Braun provides periodontal therapy to treat the various stages of gum disease and will recommend appropriate treatment after a thorough exam and determination of the stage of gum disease present.
If you have early signs of gum disease, known as gingivitis, he may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to restore your gums to optimal health. If more intensive treatment is needed, Dr. Marckese-Braun may recommend a deep teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planning. During this procedure, the dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require more intense treatment or surgery. In these cases, Dr. Marckese-Braun may help coordinate treatment with a local periodontist.