The Dental Center of Mishawaka
112 Ironworks Avenue, Suite B1, Mishawaka, IN 46544

Stop Gum Disease Before It Claims Your Smile

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Up to 70 percent of tooth loss in adults is directly related to gum disease. Caused by ongoing inflammation and infection of the gums and soft tissues surrounding the teeth, periodontal disease affects three out of every four people at some point in their lives. If you are experiencing symptoms of gingivitis, the earliest stage of the disease, simple changes may reverse the process. If your condition has advanced to periodontitis, more invasive and intensive treatment is needed. Factors that increase your risk of gum problems include bad oral hygiene, pregnancy, poor diet, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer treatments, and smoking.

Understanding Gum Disease. Plaque, a sticky, bacteria-laden film that forms on tooth surfaces after eating, is the primary cause of gum disease. When it is not removed regularly, toxins produced by plaque accumulation irritate gum tissues. As a result, deep pockets form between the teeth and gums, which fill with more bacteria and food particles, accelerating the disease process. Tissue destruction progresses until teeth become loose and fall out or require extraction.

Common Warning Signs of Gum Disease

  • Red or swollen gums, gum tenderness
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Visible pus between teeth and gums
  • Changes in bite, or the fit of dentures
  • Sometimes there are no symptoms at all

Treatment and Prevention of Periodontitis. 
Professional root planing and scaling, sometimes called deep cleaning, can help treat early signs of periodontal disease. Antibiotics and medicated rinses are prescribed to treat advanced infection. Severe cases may require surgery to reposition gum tissues, remove hardened plaque and re-contour damaged bone. Twice-daily brushing, once-daily flossing, and routine professional cleaning can help prevent the disease. A general dentist can treat most cases, but advanced conditions may require treatment from a periodontist.

To keep gums healthy after periodontal therapy, maintain strict oral hygiene practices. See your hygienist or dentist in Mishawaka regularly for deep cleaning procedures and comprehensive exams. Use products and techniques recommended by your dentist, and schedule an appointment if your gum symptoms become worse or new one appear.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Mishawaka, call The Dental Center of Mishawaka today at (574) 285-0460 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Mishawaka. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Mishawaka, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of Mishawaka.

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Took my 5-year-old to get cavities filled, he actually fell asleep! I got to stay with him the whole time. The staff was amazing, I would highly recommend this office.
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