Huntington Family Dental Group
534 Shelton Ave, Shelton, CT 06484

Treatment For Gingivitis and Gum Disease in Shelton, CT

Fight Gingivitis and Gum Disease with Expert Care in Shelton.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects more than three-quarters of all Americans over the age of 35. This number includes those exhibiting symptoms of any phase of the disease–from early stage gingivitis and beyond.

The causes of gum disease.

Gum disease is typically caused by the growth of bacteria, better known as plaque. When plaque doesn’t get removed during routine dental visits, it builds up on the surface of the teeth. Eventually, it will irritate the gums and destroy the tissue around the teeth. Once plaque is allowed to build up, it releases acids that harden into tartar. This tartar can be particularly difficult to remove, even with regular brushing. If not removed professionally by your Huntington Family Dental Group dentist, it will build up on teeth and gums, leading to the inflammation that causes gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease and therefore the easiest to treat. Most people will develop some form of gingivitis during their lifetimes. In its earliest phases, gingivitis can be easily missed since its symptoms are somewhat subtle. It’s important, however, to catch gingivitis while it can be treated and reversed. Regular dental care is a must to prevent the disease from worsening.

Symptoms of gum disease.

Periodontal disease, once progressed, should be easy to spot. If you notice red, swollen, and soft gums, there’s a good chance you already have some form of gum disease. You may also experience gum soreness or sensitivity to touch. Bleeding and mouth sores are other warning signs. If you notice any of these symptoms, see your Huntington Family Dental Group dentist immediately. We’ll help you prevent the disease from spreading and causing further damage to teeth and gums.

Once symptoms of gum disease are present.

Generally speaking, the earlier gum disease is treated, the better the outcome. Once the disease has developed, it can lead to serious complications, including tooth loss. This is why routine dental cleanings are so important. If you already exhibit signs of gum disease, seek immediate treatment. Your Huntington Family Dental Group dentists are the experts at stopping the spread of gingivitis and more serious periodontal disease before it causes irreparable damage.

Treatment for gum disease.

If your Huntington Family Dental Group dentist notices signs of gum disease, the goal will be to keep the disease under control. Depending on how far the disease has progressed, she or he may recommend behavioral modifications as well as deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Regular periodontal care is a must. In some cases, you may also be prescribed medications, or even require surgery. Whatever your dentist recommends, it’s important to follow through with regular daily care at home.

Prevention of gum disease.

As with most diseases, prevention is by far the best treatment for gingivitis and gum disease. If you haven’t yet experienced symptoms, make sure you get regular dental check-ups and routine cleanings. This will prevent disease-causing plaque from building up on the surface of your teeth and gums. With regular, professional dental care and good oral hygiene, you can prevent the plaque that causes more serious gum disease, or catch it before it leads to further complications such as tooth loss.

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Leonard H.
Dr Sal is the best! Always a good experience and great results. Dental hygienist Laura was awesome, too.
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I’ve avoided the dentist for quite a few years and finally made an appointment with Huntington Family Dental Group. I am so glad I found them…they have taken away my fear of the dentist! They […]
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Excellent service, pleasant experience and great cleaning; thank you Maria! Enjoyed meeting your new Doctor. She is knowledgeable and thorough.
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Had an infected molar removed. An unpleasant experience at best, but it went quite well, all things considered.
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I came for my quarterly cleaning and saw Maria as usual. Maria was very through. Does an excellent job cleaning and explaining how to maintain my oral health. She has my best interest in mind. Thank […]
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Dr. Sal and his team do a great job caring for me and my teeth!
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By far, the best dental group I’ve been to. Always friendly, very up-to-date with services, asking all the pertinent information and listening to my questions/concerns. I found them by accident, […]
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We have been patients at Huntington Family Dental for a long time. The doctors are very skilled and highly credentialed and attentive to their patients by delivering excellent care. The staff is […]
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I enjoy coming in for all my work. The people are great and the care is wonderful.
George G.
As always, I was treated with care and respect. Love Allison. She got me in and out efficiently and made the expereince of a teeth cleaning, pleasant in every way.
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LOVE Huntington Family Dental. I started going to them about two years ago, but hadn’t been to the dentist in quite a while because of some really horrible past experiences. I was incredibly […]
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Very pleasant and professional experience. (My review of a previous visit that was more negative now appears to have been an isolated personnel issue.)
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I have been a patient of Dr. Sal for over 35 years! He is terrific, always puts me at ease and works with my other physical issues to make me comfortable. All staff from my hygienist (Alisha), to […]
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Maria is terrific always informing me on ways to care for my teeth – dr Sal is great as always
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Maribel and Dr. Sal were the most pleasant, thorough, and best experience I’ve ever had at any doctor visit. Maribel made me feel very comfortable with my first time visit and thankful that I […]
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My family and I have been going to HFD for almost 10 years now and we love it. The staff is super friendly, thanks to my favorite Hygentists, Maria and Alisha. Also, Chantelle who handles the […]
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