What Does Gum Disease Look Like?

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a serious dental problem. In its early stages, harmful bacteria irritate the gums, causing gingivitis, or gum inflammation. Gum inflammation can be reversed with professional dental care and a good oral hygiene routine. Dr. Sara Gotwalt treats gum inflammation and gum disease in her Lititz, PA dental office. She works with her patients individually to better understand their specific oral health needs. Dr. Gotwalt creates custom treatment plans for her patients by taking their dental history and current needs into account.

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Common Signs of Gum Inflammation and Disease

Signs of gum inflammation can include:

  • Red and irritated gums
  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
  • Gum sensitivity

Over time, periodontitis can cause:

  • Gum recession
  • Toothaches
  • Bad breath
  • Pus between the gums
  • Loose teeth

Please contact Dr. Gotwalt if you have noticed any signs of gum inflammation or infection. She will find the best treatment option for your symptoms.

How to Reverse and Treat Gum Disease

For patients with irritated or bleeding gums, Dr. Gotwalt will recommend antibacterial rinses as well as scaling and root planing. Antibacterial rinses inhibit the growth of bacteria. Scaling and root planing are treatments that provide a deep clean to remove plaque and tartar from the gums. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that accumulates on the teeth and gums. Tartar is the hardened form of plaque. During scaling treatment, plaque and tartar are removed from the gum pocket and below the gum line. Root planing smooths the tooth root, which helps the teeth attach to the gums.

Patients who have severe gum disease will benefit from oral surgery. Dr. Gotwalt will refer you to a periodontist if you have infected gum tissue or receding gums. Removing infected gum tissue and replacing it with healthy tissue can prevent tooth loss.

Request a Dental Consultation

Do you have red or irritated gums? Are your gums sensitive? Call our Lititz, PA dental office for gum treatment today at 717-627-6980. You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Gotwalt on our website. The best way to stop the progression of gum disease is through a good oral hygiene routine and biannual dental cleanings. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit.


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


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