Gum Disease FAQs

You probably haven’t really considered your gums as an important part of your oral health. Well, we are here to debunk that myth! Lititz dentists Dr. John Gotwalt and Dr. Sara Gotwalt believe in educating patients on the importance of gum health. Drs. Gotwalt and Gotwalt have over 35  years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with gums disease. In most cause, gum disease is preventable if the necessary steps were taken to help improve the health of your teeth and minimize your risks. We have compiled a short Q&A to help patients understand gum disease and how to restore health back to their beautiful smile.

Questions About Gum Disease

What is gum disease? Gum disease refers to an infection of tissue and bone that support the teeth. There are three stages of gum disease, which are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gum disease develops once plaque sticks to your teeth and is not properly removed, which starts to affect the health of your gums. The treatment of gum disease is specific to the stage and progression of your gum disease. Dr. John or Dr. Sara will thoroughly examine your gums and determine which treatment will give you the best results.

What are the signs of gum disease? The signs and symptoms of gum disease are unique to each patient. Some patients may not experience any symptoms of gum disease and others may experience very noticeable symptoms of gum disease. Visiting an experienced dentist like Drs. Gotwalt and Gotwalt can help determine if there are any complex dental problems developing and find a treatment that is right for you.It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease so you are better informed.

Signs and symptoms of gum disease:

  • Loose and shifting teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Change is fit of your dentures
  • Pus surrounding your gums

How do I treat gum disease? In dentistry, prevention is an important aspect of any great dental practice. At our Lititz dental office, we encourage patients to practice proper oral hygiene at home because it helps keep your smile healthy and minimizes your chance of developing complex dental issues.  If it is determined that you have developed gum disease, we will create a personalized plan to help treat your gum disease. We offer periodontal therapy treatments like:

  • Scaling and root planning
  • Antibacterial rinses
  • Gum surgery

During your comprehensive exam, Drs. Gotwalt and Gotwalt will thoroughly examine your gums and discuss which option is the best solution to help improve the health of your smile.

Schedule A Visit

If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, please feel free to visit our Lititz dental office. We happily serve patients in Lititz, PA, including surrounding communities like Denver, Schaefferstown, Manheim and Brickerville, PA. Feel free to schedule an appointment online or call


Drs. Sara & John Gotwalt
Lititz, PA Dentist
2320 Rothsville Road, Suite 300
Lititz, PA 17543

New Patients 717-627-6980


Monday – 8:00AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday – 8:00AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday – 8:00AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday – 8:00AM – 5:00 PM

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