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Preventing gum disease in Indianapolis, IN with proper dental care

Gum disease is not just a serious oral health condition, but is often interrelated to overall physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and rheumatoid arthritis. Gum disease is a progressive infection, with the milder version known as gingivitis.

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Early signs of the potential development of gum disease are subtle and not always noticeable. Typically, gingivitis presents as problems with the gums, such as increased sensitivity, redness, inflammation, and bleeding during or after flossing or brushing. If gingivitis is left untreated or undetected, advanced symptoms of periodontitis may include:

  • Gums pull away and recede from teeth, making the teeth look longer
  • Chronic and prolonged halitosis or a unpleasant taste
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in bite
  • Irritated gums that may include pus
  • Tooth loss


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While treatment for gum disease, especially in early stages, can be effective, Dr. Matthew Church and our professional dental team at Washington Street Dentistry believe that the best course of action is always prevention. Because plaque that accumulates on the teeth harbors the bacteria that lead to periodontal disease, a routine and effective oral hygiene regimen is critical. This includes:

  • Have a trusting relationship with your dentist – the most important factor in optimal oral health is to visit the dentist once or twice per year for professional cleaning, oral health screening, and examination and evaluation of changes that may be occurring in the mouth, teeth, gums, and tissues
  • Be aware of risk factors – smoking and use of tobacco is a leading cause of gum disease. Other factors, such as genetics, nutrition, and underlying health conditions, can influence a person’s susceptibility to gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Brush twice daily – using a gentle circular motion and the appropriate, dentist-recommended toothbrush and toothpaste, address each tooth individually
  • Floss daily or after meals – debris can become trapped between teeth and plaque can accumulate before being apparent to the eye. With an up and down movement, flossing can reduce plaque and remove food pieces that may be caught
  • If recommended by the dental team, a mouthwash or rinse may remove food particles that are loosened with flossing and brushing

Washington Street Dentistry serves patients and their family members of all ages from the greater Indianapolis region. For more information regarding the prevention and treatment of gum disease, call us today at (317) 333-6788 for a comprehensive consultation.

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Dr. Matthew Church

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A graduate from the University of Kentucky, Dr. M Church has an extensive amount of skill and expertise in the field of professional dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, he is a firm believer in providing his patients with the best possible care for their dental concerns. Whilst being educated and experienced in a multitude of dental services, Dr. Church is particularly proficient in the areas involving Invisalign, for which he is a certified provider, cosmetic dental services, and dental implants.

Dr. Church invests both time and resources in educating and maintaining his standard of quality in terms of his service. He undertook and graduated from the Misch International Implant Institute Surgical Program and maintains active membership with the American College of Oral Implantology. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.


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