Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Stop Gum Disease from Destroying Your Smile

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Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in America. It begins with inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis, and rapidly develops if left untreated. Although gum disease is common, it is a highly preventable disease when simple daily dental care habits are employed. If you want to continue to enjoy a beautiful smile and all the benefits that come with having teeth, learn exactly what to do and what not to do to keep gum disease from ravaging your smile. It only takes 12 minutes a day and two visits to the dentist each year to maintain the look, feel, and function of your pearly whites.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Periodontal disease begins with inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of the disease. It presents with red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can rapidly progress to full-blown gum disease, also called periodontal disease or periodontitis.

Is Periodontal Disease Preventable?

Periodontal disease will lead not only to tooth loss, but is a significant indicator of total body health—patients suffering from periodontal disease have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. You can prevent periodontal disease with proper daily dental care habits and routine visits to an affordable dentist. Brushing twice daily for a minimum of two minutes and flossing the entire mouth once daily can slash your risk of developing gum disease. Be certain to see your dentist twice per year for a deeper clean and advice on periodontal disease treatment.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Periodontitis?

  • Red, swollen, tender, puffy gums
  • Gums that bleed when brushing
  • Receding gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Chronic foul taste in the mouth
  • Development of new spaces between your teeth
  • Pus between and around teeth and gums
  • Teeth that are loose in the socket

When Should I Seek Periodontal Disease Treatment?

If your gums are not healthy, firm textured, and a pale shade of pink, there is reason for concern and you should see your dentist in Abington. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and can be reversed if treated quickly and adequately. Brushing and flossing alone cannot treat or reverse gum disease—seek professional care. Allowing the disease to advance beyond basic inflammation can increase bacteria, infection, tooth decay, and eventually tooth loss. Once these conditions begin to set in, reversing the issue become more and more difficult. Seek help before the damage is irreversible. Your oral health is a team effort between you and your dentist.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
very friendly and the hygenist made me feel at ease
Gilbert C.
I have trust and confidence with Dr Finkelman. And the hygentist always does a nice job.
Jennife D.
Office staff is friendly and efficient. And Dr. Machlus and his team make me feel comfortable and are friendly, professional, empathic, knowledgeable, and make my visits pleasant (not a fan of the […]
Michele S.
Great dentists and dental hygienists there! They communicate with you as to what they are about to do or what needs to be done so there are no surprises. They take care to put your mind at ease and […]
Crystal S.
Nice and friendly staff Teeth cleaned and flossed well Doctors expertise as well as dental hygienist knowledge.
Dana S.
The staff is very friendly, the doctors took the time to make my children feel relaxed and answered all their questions
Georgette C.
The office is run extremely professional, Dr. Machlus has a wonderful bed side manner and truly cares about his patients. Couldn’t ask for anything better!!
Wayne E.
I was completely satisfied with the service that I received. The doctor and his staff were very friendly and professional. The waiting room was comfortable and the magazine selection was good. Also , […]
Andre S.
Great hygienist. Friendly staff. Dr Finkleman is very thorough and easy to talk with.
Lynn L.
My experience with this office was the best I have ever had… I love this dentist
Gail D.
I’m the worst patient. I’ve had to cancel multiple times because of my job. The staff was very understanding and worked with my schedule to fit me in. Dr Machlus is also an excellent […]
Charles L.
Dr. Machlus, did a great job on my teeth. His craftsmanship speaks for itself. It needs no Introduction. The receptionist and aides were outstanding as well. On top there job…not a moment to […]
Donald B.
Very clean office. Nice and professional staff
Michelle S.
Doctor was thorough. Hygienist was easy to work with.
Audrey R.
Everyone is very warm and friendly. They take the time to explain.
Amber R.
Professional office, great tech (Anna) and of course, Dr. Machlus – the best!
Cheryl B.
Being terrified of the dentist, I have never ever said this before, but I had a very pleasant dental experience with Dr. Machlus,, and this was for a root canal,,, not an easy thing to walk away from […]
Randi M.
everyone was fantastic
Silvester F.
I’ve been a patient for over thirty years and appreciate Dr. Finkelman’s professionalism and warm personality.
Nancy O.
The entire staff was so friendly. I was seen within an hour of calling for an emergency appointment!
Michelle E.
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  • Tuesday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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