Gum Health: Why It Matters

Did you know that your gums play a role in supporting the teeth and provide a barrier between the harmful bacteria that can be found in the mouth and your bloodstream?

Healthy gums are key to both dental health and overall physical well being.

Dr. Sisler and the team of dental professionals in our Shippensburg dental office take gum health seriously. We work with our patients on an individual basis to help them achieve and maintain periodontal health so that they can avoid the often complex problems that can result if gum disease develops and progresses. We offer comprehensive care and solutions for the stages and symptoms of gum disease.

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Do I Have Gum Disease?

Recognizing the common signs of gum disease is the key to avoiding disease progression and can enable patients to seek treatment early on when conservative measures can be successful.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen or irritated gums, especially along the gumline
  • Increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperature
  • Changes in the fit of the bite, shifting of teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

Routine dental care in our office includes a screening for periodontal disease. We also take time with you to learn more about your medical history and lifestyle habits, both of which can impact your oral health. Our individualized care means that your dentistry and the oral hygiene advice we offer is tailored to your unique needs.

How Can I Avoid Gum Disease?

The two key components of lifelong gum health are good oral hygiene and regular dental care that includes an exam and professional teeth cleaning. Daily brushing and flossing will help to minimize bacteria on the surfaces of the teeth and gums and routine cleanings will remove anything you missed. Dr. Sisler will recommend additional oral hygiene products or more frequent visits to our office if you have chronic gum disease or any health conditions impacting your oral health.