The Dental Group
Blair A. Jones, DMD
Ryan C. Barnhart, DDS
Charles J. Labin, DMD, MBA
Thomas J. Kuon, DMD
Joshua A. Bryan, DMD
Zachary T. Roach, DMD

Patient Testimonials


"I was petrified before I came in. ..probably more afraid than most. Dr.Jones and his staff completed a thorough exam of my teeth and gums, followed by a well-explained, DETAILED outcome and plan of action. Completed my second visit today - a very deep cavity needed filling. I was seen right on time and was completely satisfied with the entire process and outcome. I especially appreciated Kelly's ability to assuage my fear and apprehension. Great job all around! - Mildred L.

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Are Your Gums Bleeding When You Brush? Time to Schedule a Checkup!

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Have you been noticing pink in the sink from bleeding when you brush your teeth? Do your gums appear red or irritated? Do you struggle with bad breath that just doesn't go away? Believe it or not, it's time to schedule a checkup with your Lewes dentist because these are all early signs of periodontal (gum) disease.

What is Gum Disease?

Essentially an infection of the support system for your teeth, which is your jawbone and gums, periodontal disease can result in more than just bad breath if it is left untreated. As it progresses, it will eventually destroy your bone and cause your gums to recede, which then results in tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults over the age of thirty.

Preventing Gum Disease

Your first line of defense against issues like gum disease is your six-month visits with your dentist. You will be screened for gum disease and other concerns like tooth decay and oral cancer at every checkup, and your dentist can detect these issues in their earliest stages. During your cleaning, your hygienist will remove the plaque buildup that contributes to gum disease and tooth decay.

Treating Gum Disease

If your gum disease is detected early on, also known as gingivitis, it can often be successfully managed with a professional cleaning and improvements to your brushing and flossing routine.

If your case is more advanced, known as periodontitis, it will require a deeper cleaning to remove plaque buildup below the gum line. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotic therapy to fight the infection, and severe cases of periodontitis may require surgery.

The highly skilled team at The Dental Group at Carpenter's Crossing is well equipped to help you manage any stage of gum disease you may be facing. Please call us to schedule your next appointment.

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