Gum Disease Towson MD

Periodontal Therapy An Overview

Baltimore area native Dr. Welinsky offers comprehensive dental care, including periodontal therapy for treating the various symptoms of gum disease and bringing your beautiful smile back to fruition.

Maintaining the health of your gums is the key to enjoying a lifetime of dental health. Gum disease affects more than 75% of adults at some point in their lives and remains the leading cause of tooth loss. Routine dental care provides the opportunity for Dr. Welinsky to spot the early signs of gum disease during a periodontal screening, significantly reducing the risk of damage to the teeth and gums.

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Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease has two stages and can often progress unnoticed in patients who do not receive regular dental care or are prone to periodontal disease. Early intervention can avoid deteriorating dental health and the need for extensive treatment to address damage to both the teeth and the gums.

  • Gingivitis
    • The early stage of gum disease, gingivitis is often noticed by sensitive gums, bleeding gums or gums that appear red and swollen. This is due to an early infection of the gum tissue from the plaque that is building up along the gum line.
  • Periodontitis
    • Advanced gum disease, symptoms of periodontitis can include receding gums, shifting teeth and a change in the fit of dental appliances as bacteria moves deeper into the gum tissue and affects the tooth roots.

Common Signs of Gum Disease

Understanding and recognizing the signs of gum disease can prevent progression and possible damage to teeth and gums. Common signs and symptoms can include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Receding Gums
  • Loose or shifted teeth
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Changes in the fit of dentures
  • Sores in the mouth

Schedule a Dental Care Exam

Are you experiencing swelling, bleeding or receding gums, loose teeth of chronic bad breath? If so,  a consultation with Dr. Welinsky is highly recommended.  We are always looking for new patients to join our family practice. Contact us at 410-321-8480 or use our online appointment request form and we will contact you shortly. Our Baltimore, MD area dentist office is convenient for patients in Towson, West Towson, Parkville and many suburbs in Baltimore, MD.

Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Dr. Welinsky will conduct a thorough evaluation of your oral health and recommend the appropriate periodontal therapy for your specific needs. Treatment will depend on the stage of gum disease and any contributing medical or lifestyle factors. Treatment options can include:

Anti-bacterial Rinses

For early-stage gum disease, an anti-bacterial rinse can reduce the presence of harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Scaling and Root Planing

A thorough cleaning technique performed in our office which removes plaque from the tooth roots and deep recesses of the gums

Referral to a Specialist

For advanced cases of gum disease requiring more extensive treatment, Dr. Welinsky will refer patients to a local specialist.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

Can gum disease go away on its own?

No. Gum disease is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. If left alone, it will get progressively worse and can lead to consequences like losing teeth.

How long does it take for gum disease to progress?

When you have the really early stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, you can get inflammation within five days. After two to three weeks, it starts to progress into the early stages of periodontal disease.

Why is treating gum disease so important?

Gum disease is connected to further issues throughout your body. The bacteria from the gum infection can get into your bloodstream, carrying inflammation throughout your body. For instance, you’re more likely to have problems with heart disease and strokes if you have gum disease.

Dr. Kevin Welinsky DDS

Why choose Welinsky Dental Care?

Dr. Kevin Welinsky is a Baltimore native and second generation dentist serving patients and families in the Towson, Parkville and greater Baltimore area. Dedicated to providing the best possible patient experience, Dr. Welinsky, and our office team emphasizes the importance of patient education as the foundation for your dental care in our office.

We offer comprehensive dentistry for the maintenance of your oral health and work with patients on an individual basis to achieve specific goals for restoring or enhancing smiles.