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Recognition the key to appropriate gum disease treatment near Woodstock

Gum disease is concern for many people. About half of all American adults have some form of this condition, which could become quite serious if treatment is not provided promptly. There is a range within the condition of gum disease, first affecting gum tissue, and ultimately affecting the bone that supports teeth. The good news is that you are largely in control of the progression, or cessation, of gum disease. At 32 Dental, we offer personalized gum disease treatment for our patients from Woodstock and surrounding areas.


Bacteria are a regular occurrence in the oral cavity. These living microorganisms come in hundreds of types, some of which can pose great risk to health. Bacteria, combined with tiny food particles and saliva, form plaque, a sticky, colorless substance that adheres to the teeth. Through daily brushing and flossing, plaque may be removed. Left on teeth, however, plaque will harden, forming tartar, which can only be removed with professional cleanings.

Gingivitis develops in the presence of plaque and tartar. Essentially, gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue. This condition can be recognized as swelling and redness, or the easy bleeding of gums during oral hygiene. It is important to detect these early signs, as this is the only time when we can reverse the effects of gum disease.


The progression of gingivitis into periodontitis is serious, as deeper areas of gum tissue become affected. Periodontitis will typically include the formation of pockets around affected teeth. These pockets harbor bacteria and infection, prompting an immune response that leads to chronic inflammation. Periodontitis not only threatens gum tissue, bone tissue, and teeth, but the entire body as chronic inflammation is associated with serious medical conditions including stroke.

Treating gum disease

Gum disease treatment is aimed at controlling infection. The way we treat gum disease is based on the extent of damage, and the level of disease. Early detection leads to the most conservative treatment, often simply a general cleaning and education on home hygiene techniques. More advanced forms of gum disease will require ongoing monitoring and treatment.

Scaling and root planing

A common gum disease treatment, scaling and root planing is performed by a skilled hygienist. This treatment removes the tartar and plaque that have built up around teeth. Scaling is the manual removal of these substances, performed under local anesthetic for a comfortable process. Root planing addresses the texture of affected teeth, which may have rough spots where bacteria can easily collect. Smoothing the surface of the tooth leads to better connection between gum tissue and root.


Infection is commonly treated with antibiotics. Gum disease, being an infection, tends to respond well to prescription medication, and may provide results that help us avoid surgical treatment.

Gum disease is an oral condition that can impact health and wellbeing. With excellent oral hygiene and regular dental examinations, it is possible to avoid the onset and progression of this serious disease process. Contact 32 Dental today for your comprehensive dental evaluation.

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About Dr. Sean Breckley

Dr. Sean Breckley
A graduate from the Temple University School of Dentistry and Susquehanna University, Dr. Sean Breckley is an established professional in the field of dentistry. He is a firm believer of contributing to the community and ensuring his patients receive the best possible dental care. Whilst maintaining his professionalism, Dr. Breckley takes time to get to know his patients and make sure they are comfortable and at ease to avoid any unnecessary dental anxiety and stress. He is presently a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program.

About Dr. Lan Vo

Dr. Lan Vo
A graduate from the University of California-Irvine and Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Lan Vo is a highly skilled and resourceful dentist in the field of professional dentistry. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program whilst maintaining a certification with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Vo is very people-oriented and is a favorite amongst children and commands a great deal of trust amongst anyone who has had the fortune of being treated by her.
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    I've been seeing Dr. Breckley and Dr. Vo since they opened this practice, and I'm still a huge fan. I recently had some dental work done with them (like this morning). I've never doubted the doctors' abilities, and this experience was no exception. They are experts and are very good at their craft. I want to also mention the support staff, especially the women on the front desk. They are thorough, helpful, and so very nice. I've never experienced the follow-up and follow through at another practice as I have with them at 32 Dental. I always know what my bill will be. There are never any surprises, and that is so comforting in this day of American healthcare. :) I'll continue to refer my friends to them and patron their practice based on my experiences with them! Thanks!
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    My 8 year old son had to have 2 teeth pulled because the babies just didn't want to let go. The whole procedure went amazing! My son was like "Wait we're done already? I didn't feel anything! Wow." I would definitely recommend this practice to anyone who wants both kids and adults to be taken care of at the same location!
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    I'm 55 and have used many dental offices over the years. Without question, both of the 32 Dental locations, have been extremely pleasant and rewarding to my mouth!. The quality of work, expert advice on dental care, friendly as they come... what more can I say. Highly recommended!
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    32 Dental was quick and kind. The office staff was efficient and the dentist was very thorough. He referred me to a specialist due to the type of root canal needed. He was able to find one available for the same day. I will definitely use them in the future.
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