Gum Care & Arestin® Therapy

Gum care is an important factor in oral and overall health. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding a tooth. Did you know that periodontal disease is the # 1 cause of tooth loss among American adults? Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque, the sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not removed through daily brushing and flossing, plaque can build up and lead to the infection of your gums and teeth. Eventually if plaque build-up progresses, it can affect the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth, leading to tooth loss. Contact our gum care and dental experts at our Berlin or Cromwell, CT office today.

Signs of Gum Disease


As plaque continues to build without proper cleaning, gums become infected and the bone tends to recede. Teeth may become sensitive as the root becomes exposed, and pus may be produced and pockets may form between the gum and tooth. These processes are not visible to the naked eye, and if left undetected, may contribute to tooth loss. For this reason it is important to visit your CT dentist regularly so they can look for the following signs of gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums during tooth brushing or otherwise
  • Sensitive, red or swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Teeth that are loose or appear to have shifted

Three Stages of Gum Disease:

Gingivitis, Periodontitis, and Advanced Periodontitis.

Gingivitis: The earliest of the stages of gum disease, gingivitis is inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup at the gumline. If routine brushing and flossing do not remove the plaque, it produces toxins that can irritate the gum tissue. This is an early stage in gum disease and can be reversed with proper treatment.

Periodontitis: If your teeth get to this stage, it means that the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged. A pocket that traps food and plaque may have been formed in the gums below the gumline, and only proper dental treatment and improved homecare can prevent further damage.

Advanced Periodontitis: The final stage of gum disease, the fibers and bone supporting your teeth are destroyed, which can cause your teeth to shift or loosen. If aggressive treatment can’t save your teeth, they may need to be removed. As you can see gum disease is a potentially bad and avoidable occurrence that can be remedied with routine dental care.

If you are showing any of the above symptoms contact our office before your condition progresses. Advanced Dental Recommends Arestin® to Remedy Gum Disease

Arestin ® is an effective antibiotic treatment that remedies the effects of gum disease. The powder is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after the dental professional finishes the scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure. The powder contains “Microspheres,” which are tiny, bead-like particles that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. These Microspheres are filled with a bacteria killing antibiotic called minocycline, which is released over time in the infected periodontal pocket. Arestin® Microspheres continue to fight the infection for up to 21 days after SRP and is clinically proven to be more effective than using SRP alone. For answers to frequently asked questions about Arestin ® visit their website.

If you would like more information about how Arestin® works, or how to prevent gum disease, please contact our office today. Our helpful staff will be happy to answer your questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation with you. Contact Advanced Dental today by phone at 860-218-9450 or simply fill out the form below and we will reach out to you.

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