At our Nashua, NH dentist office, Dr. James E. Kiehl, Dr. Stephen A. Cohen, and our professional team offer an array of general dentistry services to help you maintain your beautiful, healthy smile. By taking care of your gums, you can:
- Ensure your teeth have a strong, healthy foundation
- Maintain fresher breath by getting rid of harmful bacteria
- Avoid the potential need for extractions in the future
- Save time and money down the line by preventing the need for major restorative dentistry procedures
Get Wise On The Prevalence Of Gum Disease
Did you know that a study conducted in 2012 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly 50 percent of all Americans suffer from gum disease in some form or another?
When you consider that nearly a third of all Americans never floss their teeth (as reported by the CDC in a 2016 study), the prevalence of gum disease should not come as a surprise. There are many things that you can do to maintain the health of your whole mouth, but one of the simplest and most effective is making flossing your teeth a habit along with:
- Brushing your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush twice daily or, preferably, following every meal
- Using a rinse or mouthwash once a day if desired or recommended
- Visiting Nashua Family Dentistry every six months for a thorough dental cleaning and exam
You know your own oral hygiene habits, including whether or not you floss. But you may not know if your mouth is affected by gum disease. To find out for sure, visit our highly-skilled team for a thorough examination and gum disease treatment consultation, especially if you are showing any of the following symptoms:
- Blood in your spit when you brush or floss
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that have receded, exposing your tooth roots
- Teeth that feel loose
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages in certain teeth or your gums
- Pain while chewing
- Tender, red, or swollen gums
It may also be helpful for you to know some of the increased risk factors associated with gum disease. Here are just a few that you should be aware of:
- Smoking and other forms of tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Poor nutrition
Restore Your Oral Health With A Gum Disease Treatment
For some people, the word disease can be very intimidating. But the good news is, in most cases, we can reverse gum disease and get your smile back to a healthy state with a simple deep cleaning.
We can approach your gum disease treatment in a few different ways, but most likely, we will use special instruments to perform the following processes:
- Scaling, which gives the roots of your teeth and the surrounding gum tissue, eradicating problem-causing bacteria
- Root planing, which smooths out irregularities in the surfaces of tooth roots to make the area less hospitable for decay and infection
We have also invested in a state-of-the-art soft-tissue dental laser to treat gum disease. Compared to other options, dental lasers often result in a shorter healing time.
So you’ll know what to expect before we get started, we will review your treatment options with you and answer any questions you have about them. So you feel less intimidated by the process, our friendly team will work at your pace and do everything we can to put you at ease.
Regardless of which treatment we provide, we will ensure your comfort. If there is any chance of discomfort or pain, we will numb the area with an anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing. We also offer a variety of amenities to calm your nerves, including:
- Warm blankets
- Soft pillows
- Relaxing music to entertain and distract you
We also offer oral conscious sedation in pill form to help relieve your dental anxiety. At a predetermined time prior to your appointment, you’ll take the sedation so you can arrive at our office fully relaxed. You’ll need a trusted friend or family member to take you to and from your appointment.
Get a healthy smile from the gums up with a gum disease treatment from Nashua Family Dentistry. Call 603-546-7460, swing by our conveniently located Nashua, NH dentist office in person, or use our handy online form to ask questions or book your consultation.