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Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease, referred to by Drs. Lan Vo and Sean Breckley of 32 Dental as periodontal disease, is a serious condition that needs to be addressed as soon as possible to control it. The condition, once developed, cannot be cured, but it can be maintained and kept from getting any worse over the course of time. To do so, patients must work closely with their dental team and visit regularly for treatments.

Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis. This is the mild, first stage of the condition that results in inflammation of the gums which may become red and bleed. When patients notice these symptoms, they are encouraged to visit with their dentist as soon as possible for immediate treatment to keep the condition from worsening.

When left unaddressed, gingivitis may become more serious and result in further problems such as the shrinking of gum tissue, further swelling of the gums, and the loosening of teeth. Underneath gum tissue, the bone of the jaw may begin to disintegrate, causing teeth to become loose and eventually fall out without effective intervention. Drs. Lan Vo and Sean Breckley want patients to avoid this later stage of aggressive periodontitis by seeking treatment as soon as the symptoms are spotted.

Some patients are at a higher risk for developing gum disease and must take more precautions than others to ensure the condition does not develop and advance. Some risk factors include:
  • Hormonal changes
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic stress
  • Systemic conditions
  • Certain medications
  • HIV positive patients
  • Poor nutrition
  • Systemic diseases
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Aging
  • Smoking
Patients in the Marietta and Kennesaw, Georgia area and surrounding communities are welcome to contact the team of 32 Dental to schedule a consultation visit and examination to learn more about the causes and symptoms of gum disease. With the knowledge necessary to determine when problems occur, patients can seek intervention at the earlier stages and quite possibly avoid the condition altogether with good oral health care habits at home with routine dental visits.

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  • Thirty-Two Dental
    Rating : 5

    Dr. Vo and Dr. Breckly are absolutely fantastic! Never worry about another painful trip to the dentist if you are going to see them. They make sure you are never in any pain throughout the entire procedure. I just had my wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Vo did a fabulous job, as always. I had four impacted wisdom teeth and they were out before I knew it. I was up and eating solid food the very same day, and could have been back at work if I needed to. My stitches fell out within a few days and everything healed up much faster than any of my friends who saw other doctors. I stayed awake for the procedure, and I would say that it definitely is much better than being put to sleep. It has a faster heal time and less discomfort. My face honestly didn't even swell. I've gone to Dr. Vo and Breckly for minor things before and they have always been amazing, but after my great experience with something more major, I know they are by far the two of the best dentists, I have ever seen.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr. Vo and Dr. Berkley are the ONLY dentists we see. Dr. Vos taken care of my parents, my husband, our daughter and son, and myself for the past 7 years. We love the care and the personal relationship she establishes with her patients. She takes the time to get to know us, our families, our dental concerns, which is NOT the usual in the business.Thank you for everything. Dr. Berkley is very attentive and gently with my children. We came in for a cleaning yesterday and they did great under his medical care. The staff is extremely professional and willing to help. Amazing team. If you have been afraid of the dentist, check them out and theyll change your mind about dentistry.
  • Rating: 5
    My family and I love Dr. Vo. I would suggest this practice to anyone who wants a dentist and staff that truly care about your health and will go above and beyond the typical dentist. I followed Dr. Vo from a previous office, and although this office is farther away, it is worth it because of how caring the staff is.
  • Rating: 5
    Switched to 32 dental after Dr. Breckley left Dr. Goetees practice. Great staff, and nice space. They use the latest technologies and have K cups in the waiting room!
  • Rating: 5
    Dr. Vo is fantastic. She is patient, knowledgeable, and excellent at her job, and most importantly, she takes time to answer your questions and explain any concerns she has about your teeth, so you really know what\'s going on. It inspires me to take better care of my teeth. By far, she is the best dentist I have been been to, and I highly recommend her. No more of those dime-a-dozen dentists for me!
  • Rating: 5
    Liked: Dr vo is awesome, Service, Staff
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