We all hear about gum disease on toothpaste commercials, but do we really understand how dangerous it can be for our overall health? We have made it our mission to empower our neighbors in Acworth, GA, to fight gum disease. And we offer the treatments needed to restore and maintain premium oral health and wellness.
How Does Gum Disease Occur?
When food gets stuck between your teeth, it can attract bacteria, which becomes plaque that then hardens into tartar. Brushing and flossing can remove most of this, but if it doesn’t, or if your home oral habits aren’t up to par, the bacteria can attack your gums. The first stage is called gingivitis, and most people don’t even know they are affected at this stage because the symptoms seem so commonplace. However, if you notice you have red, sore, bloody, or swollen gums when you brush and floss, it might be time to visit our office!
Why Is Gum Disease So Dangerous?
If it doesn’t get treated right away, gum disease can progress to much more serious issues, such as receding gums, tooth loss, or infections in other parts of your body. Gum disease can even put you at risk for a stroke, type 2 diabetes, or pregnancy complications.
Prevention & Treatment
Stopping gum disease in its tracks begins at home, with good oral hygiene and habitual brushing and flossing. Regular exams and cleanings are nearly just as important, as brushing and flossing may not catch all of the bacteria. Early treatment is also key—when you come to our office for an exam, if we see even the earliest signs of gingivitis, we will help develop an effective treatment plan to get it under control. Gum disease is serious, but it is treatable if caught early. Reach out to our team to schedule your next exam.
If your gum disease has been allowed to progress for a time, more serious treatments might be needed, such as scaling and root planing. This technique removes tartar from the tooth’s roots and is used to smooth the root surface. After the infection has been treated, the gums can begin to heal and reattach to the roots. If infection is even more severe, we may have to result to surgical removal of infected gum tissue and the reshaping of the jaw bone. Regardless of how far your gum disease has progressed, don’t wait another moment. Reach out to our caring team, and we’ll begin today putting a plan in place to achieve oral health for you once again.
If you feel embarrassed by your bad breath, no matter how much brushing you do or mouthwash you use, reach out to us to learn more about halitosis. Halitosis can be caused by bacteria, decay, or infection of your gums. When you connect with our team, we will help you get to the root cause of your bad breath, and if it is your oral health, develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Whether your dental problem is big or small, or if you just want to avoid a problem altogether, the talented team in our Acworth, GA, office is ready to offer you the highest quality dental care. Reach out to us today to set your next appointment.