Rocky Hill, CT Family Dentist
Family Dental Care
825 Cromwell Ave., Suite F
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 721-9002
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By Family Dental Care
June 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Are you suffering from periodontal disease? Would you know if you were? Unfortunately, the beginning phases of advanced gum periodontal diseasedisease, or periodontitis, can creep up on a person unnoticed. However, your Rocky Hill, CT dentists, Dr. Edward and Dr. Mary Pergiovanni, give their patients every advantage in keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Their semi-annual examinations focus on the shape, color, size, and condition of your gums. If there's a problem, they have ways to treat it so your oral and systemic health thrives.

Just what is gum disease?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, gum disease is the most frequent cause of tooth loss among American adults. While lifestyle issues such as smoking, excessive alcohol use, poor oral hygiene and a diet low in fruits and vegetables create the perfect environment for gum disease, heredity, and a lowered immune system also contribute to gum problems.

What's the underlying cause? It's the oral bacteria which populate the soft plaque and hard tartar on and between the teeth and at the gum line. This biofilm accumulates due to starchy and sugary foods we consume. When not removed by twice daily brushing and once a day flossing as recommended by the American Dental Association, along with six-month cleanings at Family Dental Care, plaque and tartar lead to these symptoms:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Exposed roots
  • Gum and bone recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in bite and in the fit of prosthetics such as partials and bridgework
  • Gum pockets (spaces between tooth surfaces and gum tissue) deeper than three millimeters as measured by your Rocky Hill, CT, dentist)

What can you do about gum disease?

First, do all you can to prevent it. Brush and floss regularly. Daily oral hygiene keeps ahead of harmful plaque and tartar. Get your six-month cleanings and check-ups. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, undergo treatment with the capable and caring team at Family Dental Care.

The most frequent treatment for gum disease is deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. To remove plaque and tartar so the gums reattach to tooth surfaces, the dentist carefully scrapes the build-up and rinses it away. Also, they may use antibiotics in the pockets to heal the infection.

Take care of your gums

If you're due for your check-up and cleaning, or if you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, please contact Family Dental Care for an appointment. Call (860) 721-9002 today.


Dr. Mary Pergiovanni has been named the 2017 recipient of the Hartford Dental Society Dr. James & Ella Burr McManus Award


Dr. Mary Pergiovanni receives the 2017 Hartford Dental Society James and Ella Burr McManus Award


Dr. Ed and Dr. Mary Pergiovanni recently volunteered for their 9th Connecticut Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic. Click on the link below to see Dr. Mary featured in a news clip which aired on NBC30.
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