Did You Know It’s Gum Disease Awareness Month?

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February may be the month of pink hearts and cheesy Valentines, but your dentist knows it’s also a time for something else — raising gum disease awareness. This month is dedicated to it, in fact, and we are doing our part to spread the word about the condition which affects nearly half of adults over the age of 35. Keep reading to learn more, just in time for gum disease awareness month in Lititz!

What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?

Gum disease can be easy to miss in the beginning stages. Before the condition has progressed, you may notice that your gums slightly bleed when you brush and floss, or you may feel like your breath smells a little weirder than usual when you wake up or at various points throughout the day. As the disease progresses, it will be harder to ignore the bleeding gums — as the frequency will start to increase. You may also notice gum recession, or the appearance that the gums are pulling away from the teeth. Breath will smell foul most of the time, and in the very latest stages, the teeth will become loose and eventually fall out.

How Gum Disease Is Detected

Visiting your dentist regularly is the best way to ensure that your gum stay healthy — and that gum disease is treated right away if it does develop.

During regular checkups and cleanings, your dental team will look out for what are called “periodontal pockets.” These are spaces where bacteria make a home between the gums and teeth. The severity of gum disease is measured by the depth of the pockets; the deeper the space, the worse the condition — and the more critical is prompt treatment.

What Are the Treatment Options for Gum Disease?

The appropriate periodontal therapy in Lititz depends on the stage the gum disease has reached. Right at first, it may be possible to reverse through improved oral hygiene and a few extra visits to the dentist.

After the disease has progressed, your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing (SRP). This is the gold standard treatment for gum disease — and it involves cleaning above and just below the gum line, smoothing out the tooth’s root to prevent reinfection. SRP may be combined with local antibiotic treatment and is often completed over the course of a few visits to the dentist.

If the gum disease has progressed so far that SRP alone is insufficient, your dentist may partner with a specialist for surgery. Gum grafts can help to repair areas of severe recession after treatment is complete.

Whatever the appropriate treatment for your gum disease is, the important thing is getting it treated right away. But the even more critical item to remember is prevention! Through routine oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, you can keep your smile healthy and complete for life. And that’s a worthy reminder during gum disease awareness month!

Meet the Practice

The Mor Smiles team offers decades of combined experience across various specialties in dentistry, including advanced treatment for gum disease. If you are in need of gum disease therapy or would like to be evaluated for the condition during gum disease awareness month, they invite you to contact your dentist in Lititz by calling (717) 340 – 0478.

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Chao Pinhole Gum Therapy

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Meet Gretchen

Gretchen was told by her last Dentist that she should have all her teeth pulled and replaced with dentures. Her mother had dentures and she couldn’t even imagine not having her own teeth. She knew she was going to need a lot of work if she wanted to keep her teeth and wanted to do as few appointments as possible. Dr. Moriarty suggested IV sedation and Gretchen agreed that this was her best option. She couldn’t believe how easy the appointments were and wished she would have started the process sooner.

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Meet LuAnn

LuAnn was wearing a complete lower denture. She was disappointed that it no longer fit and was having trouble eating. She decided to have dental implants placed and have teeth anchored to the implants so she would not have to remove them. She loves her new lower teeth so much that she is ready to replace the upper teeth with new crowns that will match the bottom.

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Meet Adam

Adam was concerned about the infection in his mouth. He felt his overall health was suffering and had consulted with his medical Doctor too. Dr. Moriarty found that he had moderate gum disease and several infected teeth. After just two appointments the majority of his dentistry was completed and Adam felt his energy levels returned to normal and was feeling great.

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Meet Elizabeth

Liz suffered from severe dental phobia. She hadn’t been to the Dentist in years and just couldn’t delay dental care one more day. She was very self-conscious about her smile. She was in constant pain and she couldn’t chew her food. She wanted a natural smile and requested that all of her treatment be done with IV sedation. Liz is now very confident with her new smile and is no longer fearful of dentistry.

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Meet Iris

Iris suffered from a chronic condition that kept her isolated in her home for years. She sent an email to the office expressing how embarrassed and afraid she was to come in for care. Dr. Moriarty assured her that he would help her and his office was judgment free. Iris knew she needed a lot of work and would only consent to treatment if she could be sedated. After her initial consultation appointment, she was scheduled to get started. All of her treatment was completed in two visits under IV sedation. She is so grateful to Dr. Moriarty, not only did he change her smile, he changed her life!

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Meet Joe

Joe never really thought about his teeth. But as he got older, he noticed his teeth were falling apart. His goal was to have a younger smile which reflected his spirit. Dr. Moriarty placed all porcelain crowns on four of his upper front teeth. The result, the more youthful smile he desired.

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Meet Sara

Sara came into the office for her preventive cleaning. She was getting married in six months and confessed that she didn’t love her smile. She wanted to make some improvements before she got married. Dr. Moriarty completed two all porcelain crowns for her in just two visits. Sara was thrilled with the results and her smile was radiant in all of her wedding photos.

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Meet Jen

Jen was frustrated with her teeth. She felt like she had a cavity every time she went to the Dentist. Jen had a lot of cavities filled throughout her young life, but the fillings didn’t seem to match her teeth very well and she felt like everyone stared at her smile. She decided that she wanted a longer lasting fix for her smile. Porcelain veneers were the answer. Jen had ten veneers placed on her upper front teeth and her new smile was an instant boost in her self-confidence!

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Meet Jo

Jo wanted straight teeth all of her life. When she was an adult she decided to look at her options to correct her crooked smile. Of course, braces were suggested, but, she just couldn’t see herself with brace at this point in her life and really wanted faster results. Dr. Moriarty suggested porcelain veneers. Jo liked the idea of an instant result and in two visits she left with a gorgeous new smile.

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Meet Sue

Sue repeatedly had cosmetic bonding done on her teeth, and was satisfied with the results, but never thrilled. When it was time to replace the bonding, she expected a similar result. What she didn’t expect was this radiating smile that surpassed her expectations. She is smiling more than ever before.

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Meet Darlene

Darlene called the office at 9:00 am on a Wednesday morning. She hadn’t been to the dentist in 10 years and her front tooth broke. She was embarrassed and needed help immediately. She came to the office an hour later and left smiling. Darlene started the process of fixed bridge work, teeth that she brushes in her mouth. She knows she has other needs and vows that she will never miss a checkup appointment again!

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Meet Pamela

Pamela had beautiful porcelain crowns done years ago and has been very diligent about keeping her smile healthy. Surprisingly, she began having issues with her crown, it was loose and caused an unpleasant taste in her mouth. After a consultation, it was determined that the root of the tooth could not be saved. Pamela was given three options to replace her front tooth and she choose an implant. The root was removed and the implant was placed the same day. After a few months of healing the final restoration was completed. The results were outstanding. Pamela is positive she made the right choice to replace her tooth with an implant.