• Soft Tissue Management

  • Soft Tissue Management

    Soft Tissue Management is a dental specialty which encompasses the soft tissues of the mouth such as the periodontal membrane and gums.  When the soft tissues of the mouth are compromised, the structure of the mouth, bones, and teeth are at risk for periodontal diseases. Our Glen Allen dentist offers preventive services and has the skills to diagnose and treat these issues.

    The lack of proper oral hygiene can lead to plaque and bacteria affecting the soft tissues of your mouth.  Gingivitis and periodontal disease put patients at risk for losing their teeth. Common symptoms of periodontal disease or gum disease include loose teeth, bad breath, bleeding gums, and extreme sensitivity near the gum line.  

    Advanced periodontal disease, if untreated, can spread infection from the mouth into the body’s blood stream which leads to more severe health issues.  Heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, and death are often linked to poor oral health.

    Periodontal Disease and Gum Disease

    The majority of patients who experience chronic bad breath have some form of periodontal disease or gingivitis.  Most often, the cause of periodontal diseases is due to a lack of oral hygiene routines. Other causes are reported due to stress, genetics, and poor diets.  The American Dental Association estimates that nearly 80% of adult patients have gum disease.

    Gingivitis is one of the early stages of periodontal disease.  The formation of plaque builds up on teeth and begins to destroy the soft tissues.  At advanced stages, plaque hardens and becomes tartar which is more difficult to remove by simply brushing and flossing.  Tartar destroys bones and teeth along with causing damage to gums.

    Glen Allen dentist patients often have symptoms of gum disease, or gingivitis, before realizing their oral health is compromised.  In its early stage, pain and sensitivity may or may not be present. This is why regular appointments for a professional cleaning and oral exam are recommended.  We can detect and remove the plaque and tartar that leads to periodontal disease.


    Symptoms of Periodontal Disease and Gum Disease:

    • Red, swollen gums
    • Bleeding gums
    • Halitosis, or bad breath
    • Gums that ooze pus
    • Loose teeth
    • Pain when brushing, flossing, chewing
    • Sensitivity

    If you experience any soft tissue disease symptoms, call our Glen Allen dentist at Mohanty Comprehensive Dentistry to schedule an appointment.  

    Flossing is Vital

    Flossing every day can save your life.  Research has shown that heart attacks, diabetes, strokes, premature births, and cancer are linked to oral infections caused by gum disease.  Flossing every day reduces these health risks by removing plaque and bacteria. Protect your health and your smile by practicing proper oral hygiene.  Brushing and flossing don’t just give you clean teeth and a healthy smile; it prevents disease and infection from affecting the rest of your body.