Gum Disease Treatment in Midtown Atlanta & Roswell
Gum disease is the leading cause of preventable tooth loss.
Learn the causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Gum disease — also called periodontal disease — is a serious health problem affecting over 47% of adults 30 years and older, and 70% of adults 65 years and older. That translates to roughly 64.7 million Americans!
Unfortunately, most people who have periodontal disease either haven’t been diagnosed or are not actively seeking treatment. The result of untreated periodontal disease is tooth loss and can cause severe systemic health issues.
Don’t let this happen to you!
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is an infection caused when plaque and calculus build up along the gumline. Both plaque and calculus and filled with bacteria. Without proper oral hygiene, this bacteria will slowly eat away at and damage your teeth, gums, and jaw bone.
This is why brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist are so important! These habits break up and remove plaque and calculus, keeping bacteria at bay and protecting your gums, teeth, and bone.
It’s important to note that some people are genetically predisposed to periodontal disease. It can also be caused by certain medications or health issues. You might do everything right and still end up with periodontal disease — not fair, right?
No matter the cause, gum disease should never be left untreated.
Gum disease affects your entire body
Your mouth is the window to your body and health. Infection and inflammation can affect the health of your entire body. Periodontal disease has been linked to health issues such as…
How can you tell if you have gum disease?
Bleeding gums are one of the first symptoms.
Left untreated, the bacteria and inflammation causing your gums to bleed will go on to cause other unpleasant symptoms, including…
- Red and inflamed gums
- Gums that are sore or swollen tender
- Gum recession (teeth appearing longer than normal)
- Black triangles between your teeth
- Teeth that feel loose
- Missing teeth
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your periodontist right away.
Ways to prevent gum disease
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes
- Floss every day
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
- Talk to your periodontist about preventive treatments
- Avoid smoking, vaping, and tobacco
- Eat a balanced diet filled with veggies and fruits
- Get a teeth cleaning at least twice a year or more as recommended by your periodontist
What is the best treatment for gum disease?
The type of gum disease treatment you need will depend on what stage of the disease you’re dealing with. For example, gingivitis (a non-destructive type of periodontal disease) vs. advanced periodontal disease and tooth loss.
Treatments range from deep cleanings and laser treatments to surgical gum grafts and bone regeneration.
Our Roswell and Midtown Atlanta periodontist office provides comprehensive periodontal treatments to meet your needs. From prevention and diagnosis to repairing and rejuvenating your gum health — we offer solutions every step of the way.
Dr. Pumphrey explained in detail what the problem was and the procedure necessary to correct it. During the procedure he continuously checked to be sure I wasn’t in any pain. He called the very same evening to see if I was okay and if I had any questions. The entire staff is very friendly and caring. I would recommend this office to everyone.
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What does gum disease look like?
The most obvious visual signs of gum disease are bright red, swollen gums, and bleeding when you brush or floss. Other visual cues include teeth that start to look longer (called gum recession) and small black triangles between your teeth.
Does gum disease hurt?
Because periodontal disease causes inflammation, it can be painful. You may notice your gums feel tender to the touch or achy no matter what you’re doing.
Can salt water rinse cure a gum infection?
Although not an end-all solution, a saltwater rinse is a good way to soothe irritated gums. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of lukewarm water and swish gently before spitting out.
Who treats gum disease?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and oral inflammation. When you’re suffering from gum disease, the best person to talk to is a periodontist.