Periodontal disease – also called gum disease – is an irreversible and serious health condition that can have significant impact on an individual’s overall health. Healthy gums are a necessity for healthy teeth. They protect the foundation for our teeth. If that structure and connective tissue is damaged, tooth loss can occur.
Gingivitis is the most common type of gum disease. Symptoms can include bad breath and bleeding gums. Left untreated, gingivitis can evolve into periodontitis, which can create:
- Receding gum tissue
- Gum sensitivity and pain
- Noticeable pockets and swelling around the gums
- Increased sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tooth loss
Prevention of gum disease
Dr. Lan Vo and Dr. Sean Breckley at 32 Dental, serving patients from Kennesaw and Marietta, GA, and surrounding areas, are committed to helping our patients achieve their highest levels of oral health. One of their priorities is prevention of gum disease.
The most effective prevention is to have a healthy oral hygiene routine and regularly scheduled dental checkups and examinations. Drs. Vo and Breckley, and our professional staff at 32 Dental, monitor changes in our patients’ dental health during every visit. Our doctors note any inflammation or areas of concern and can address issues before they become more problematic. Dental x-rays also identify the potential development of gum disease. Other prevention methods include:
- Consistently maintaining oral hygiene
- Proper brushing, twice per day at a minimum, using gentle, circular motions and addressing each tooth individually
- Flossing daily, using an up and down motion
- Antibacterial mouth wash
- Avoiding all tobacco products
Gum disease can also affect physical health, exacerbating conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Studies have found an association between gum disease and other illnesses including stroke and dementia.
Gum disease treatment
Treatment for gum disease may include:
- Scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar
- Soft tissue grafts
- Periodontal surgery to treat pockets of infection
For your healthiest and happiest smile, consult Drs. Vo and Breckley at 32 Dental today. With a complete array of dental care services including treatment and prevention of gum disease, oral cancer screening, orthodontics, general and emergency dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry, we can address all of your unique oral health needs and goals.
32 Dental is located at 600 Chastain Road NW in Kennesaw, GA. Consultations and appointments may be scheduled by calling (770) 423-1132.