At Healthy Smiles of Georgia, we work diligently to prevent gum disease in our patients. This is a condition that is incredibly common, and most adults will suffer from some form of gum disease during their lifetime. The challenge is that this condition can lead to bone and tooth loss, making it incredibly important to both prevent and treat it. If you live in Alpharetta, GA or the 30004 area, we can examine you and let you know if you are showing any signs of the condition, along with making recommendations for how you can prevent it. To schedule an appointment, call (678) 784-0806.
Causes of Gum Disease There are several reasons that gum disease develops. The primary causes are plaque and tartar. If it becomes trapped in between your teeth and gums or under the gum tissue, it causes your gums to become irritated and swollen. Plaque is a problem that everyone deals with; however, it is the buildup under the gums that really causes issues. Additionally, there are other risk factors to consider like pregnancy, diabetes, and smoking, since they restrict blood flow to the gums, causing them to swell. Ways to Prevent Gum Disease We recommend doing what you can to prevent gum disease so you do not experience discomfort or additional health problems. One of the best ways to prevent this condition is to keep your teeth clean. At Healthy Smiles of Georgia, we encourage our Alpharetta patients to brush their teeth two to three times a day and to do so in a circular pattern, moving food particles and plaque away from the gums toward the center of the mouth. You also need to floss on a daily basis, and be sure to reach all the way down, rather than stopping at your gum line. Using an antiseptic mouthwash can also help kill lingering bacteria. You also need to have your teeth cleaned at least twice per year. It is difficult to remove all of the plaque at home, and tartar is too hard to remove by brushing and flossing. We can remove both plaque and tartar in our 30004 dental office so your risk of gum disease is greatly reduced. Simultaneously, we recommend that you stop smoking, keep your blood sugar under control, and drink plenty of water, since this can also help improve your gum health.
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Common Signs of Gum DiseaseSome of the most common signs of gum disease are:
- Red and swollen gums.
- Gums that bleed when brushing, flossing, or eating anything crunchy.
- Teeth that appear to be getting longer, since this is a sign of gum recession.
- Loose teeth.
- Periodontal infection therapy. This is a therapy where chemicals are used to slow the growth of gum disease. In this case, your Alpharetta dentist may prescribe the use of an antiseptic mouth rinse, designed to reduce or fight gum disease. Used daily, it can work to kill bacteria.
- Deep cleaning. A deep cleaning is typically conducted in four appointments. Your mouth is broken up into quadrants, with each area being cleaned on a different day. In a deep cleaning, the gums need to be pulled away from the teeth so a dentist can scrape off the plaque and tartar underneath the gum tissue. Naturally, this procedure can cause discomfort, which is why it is completed over multiple visits. However, some dentists use lasers, which can expedite the process.
- Gum grafts. If your gums have receded and too much of your teeth or roots are showing, a gum graft may be necessary to restore the gum tissue back around the teeth. This can be done by suturing tissue from the roof of your mouth to your gums or using tissue from a donor. In both cases, the gums will be secured back around your teeth, like they were prior to you developing gum disease.
- Antibiotics. Very often, your Alpharetta dentist will prescribe antibiotics to be taken in combination with gum therapy. This is done to eliminate any infection that could be lingering.
Schedule an Examination With Our Alpharetta Dental Office If you suspect that you may have gum disease because your gums are red, swollen, or receding, call our 30004 dental office right away. At Healthy Smiles of Georgia, we can examine you, let you know if gum disease is present, and make recommendations regarding how to treat it.
If you live in the Alpharetta area, call (678) 784-0806 to schedule your dental exam so that you can remain in good dental health or receive treatment for a current condition.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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