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Periodontal Disease in Gainesville

Braselton Dentists to Ensure Your Total Gum Health

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is very common. In fact, many people in the United States suffer from some form of this disease. It can be as simple as having gum inflammation or as serious as tooth loss. The soft tissue around our teeth protect the bone supporting our teeth and when that tissue gets damaged with periodontal disease, extensive and irreversible bone loss can occur. Our experienced dentists can provide you with periodontal disease treatment in Gainesville or Braselton.

One of the earliest stages of periodontal disease is gingivitis, which means ‘inflammation of the gums’. This form of gum disease has symptoms, such as red and swollen gums that are prone to easy bleeding. It can be treated with common dental care practices such as brushing and flossing teeth and visiting the dentist regularly.

Early detection and treatment are important. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

What Happens When I Have Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a more serious disease that occurs if gingivitis is left untreated. When periodontitis occurs, the gums become seriously inflamed and begin to pull away from the tooth, causing pockets, or open space, between the tooth and gums. Debris and bacteria are then free to enter these pockets, which worsens the disease. As bacteria and plaque remain stuck on the teeth, the plaque hardens and turns into calculus (tartar). It is only natural for the body’s immune system to try and fight the spread of this bacteria and disease. As our immune system fights the plaque and bacteria, disease-fighting toxins are released. The toxins released begin to erode the bone and connective tissues that hold our teeth in place; at this point, teeth will likely fall out or have to be removed.

Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red and/or swollen gums
  • Gums that are tender and likely to bleed easily
  • Pain while chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity or discomfort
  • Gums recede and teeth appear lengthier
  • New spaces between teeth

There are several factors that could contribute to gum disease, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or puberty
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Cancer or other serious diseases that weaken the immune system
  • Many medications, especially medications that reduce the flow of saliva
  • Genetic disposition
  • Poor dental health care practices

Periodontitis Treatment

Prevention is always the best treatment, but early stages of the periodontal disease can be reversed. The most effective way to combat gingivitis is through dental care such as flossing, brushing, and rinsing twice or more daily. It is also very important to visit our dentists in Gainesville or Braselton regularly.

Please contact us at (678) 582-8099 to learn more about your dental treatment options.

Why BGW

Is the Leading Dental Group
  • You Are Our Priority

    We listen to you, respect your concerns & educate you about your oral health in order to develop a personalized dental care plan.

  • Dentistry For the Whole Family

    Our family-oriented practice believes that patients of all ages deserve the highest standard of care, from ages "3 to 103."

  • Comfortable & Relaxed

    Our mission is to provide our patients with a gentle, anxiety-free experience and send them home with healthy and beautiful smiles.

  • Well-Appointed Offices

    Our offices are outfitted with updated equipment & our doctors are committed to learning the latest dental care techniques.