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Types of Gum Disease

Drs. Lan Vo and Sean Breckley are two dentists who provide patients in the area with the care and attention needed to achieve a healthy smile and maintain it for life. When patients do not take good care of their smile and have poor oral health habits, they may be at a higher risk for gum disease. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, doesn’t necessarily come in different “types” but rather many stages which need to be addressed appropriately.

The first stage of gum disease is that of gingivitis. At this point, gum disease is reversible. This mild form of gum disease is often noticed by red, swollen, and inflamed gums which may bleed when patients brush and floss their teeth. This condition is easily reversible with the attention of a quality dental professional. A deep cleaning may be necessary, antibiotics may be administered, and patients are educated on how to perform proper oral health care habits at home to see dramatic improvement in the health and wellness of their smile.

When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance into a later stage known as periodontitis. This is when plaque, tartar, bacteria, and toxins begin to irritate the gums and spread below the gum line. This results in inflammation which begins to break down the bone and tissues which support the teeth within the smile and hold them firmly in place. The gum separates and creates pockets where bacteria can become trapped and eat away at the tissues, bone, and teeth. Over time, patients may begin to notice teeth that are becoming loose. This is a serious indication that assistance is needed to treat the condition. There are several forms of periodontitis including chronic periodontitis and aggressive, severe periodontitis.

Some patients may be at a higher risk for periodontal disease, including those who have diabetes, smoke, and have high stress or hormonal fluctuations. Certain medications may also increase one’s chance of developing periodontal disease. This is why the team of 32 Dental recommends patients visit their dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations to catch periodontal disease early enough to intervene and reverse it for better dental health.

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    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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