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Gum Disease Evaluations

Gum Disease Evaluation

A healthy mouth isn’t just about your teeth. Recent research has shown a connection between the gums and inflammation. Inflammation has been linked to heart disease and other major health conditions. In addition, gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss, which is incurable once it occurs. Gum disease can be prevented, and your dentist can help you manage your oral healthcare to prevent and treat gum disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum disease is the result of a buildup of plaque or tartar on the teeth that, without proper treatment, can cause loss of teeth, gum tissue and bone. It has also been linked with other serious, chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Gum disease can be prevented by practicing good oral healthcare. Brush your teeth twice per day and floss once per day. When you visit Uptown Dental for regular cleanings, Dr. Lenz or Dr. Mueller will perform a gum disease evaluation as part of the exam. A thorough dental cleaning also removes plaque and tartar buildup that can irritate gums.

Even after diagnosis, gum disease can be treated with proper and routine periodontal maintenance to keep the condition from worsening. Brushing and flossing with gingivitis formula toothpaste and mouthwash may be important to maintaining your gum health. The fluoride in toothpaste and the act of brushing work to strengthen teeth, remove plaque and massage gums. Feel free to ask us about products that can help you manage gum disease.

Gum Disease Evaluations

Whether you see Dr. Lenz or Dr. Mueller, gum disease evaluations will be performed to catch signs of disease early on when it is easier to treat. The process involves measuring the space around each tooth for any recession of the gum tissue as well as any signs of inflammation or loosening teeth. The staff will note the presence of plaque and tartar, which also factors into gum recession. We offer gum disease evaluations to each new patient at Uptown Dental and perform additional periodontal exams on an annual basis to ensure optimal oral health.

If your gums feel tender or swollen, or if they are red and bleed easily, you may already be experiencing symptoms of gum disease. Please call our office or schedule an appointment and request a gum disease evaluation.

Emergency Dentistry

Emergencies will be seen the same day they occur. If you experience a dental emergency, please call our office immediately. If your tooth is knocked out, please either place the tooth in your cheek or in a glass of milk. It is very important NOT to scrub the tooth.


A Soft Tissue Dental Laser

Uptown Dental loves to stay current with the most up-to-date technology to serve our patients who have gum disease. The PICASSO Lite is a soft tissue dental laser designed for a variety of oral soft tissue procedures utilizing solid state diodes. The laser is most commonly used by our hygienists in adjunction to periodontal disease therapy as a means of disinfection.

Our dentists use the Picasso Laser for a number of procedures. These include removal of soft tissue abnormalities, such as irritating tissue growths and high frenum attachments, to treat and alleviate the pain of a cold sore or other oral trauma, and to perform esthetic gingival contouring to enhance your smile. Ask us about laser treatment for gum disease or other soft tissue problems.