What do pregnant women, people with diabetes, and smokers have in common? They are all at risk for gum disease.
When you figure that roughly 80 percent of people have some form of gum disease, raising the risk is saying something. That’s also why we want to make sure you know that you can come to Atlanta West Dentistry for periodontal treatment.
The team at our Marietta, GA, dentist office has been helping people get rid of gum disease for years. More importantly, we would like to help you prevent it. The best way to do that is for you to visit us a few times each year for routine cleanings and exams.
Removing Gum Disease
During your visits with us, we will be watching for signs of gum disease. We will let you know if we see anything and what you should do about it.
At our dentist office, we prefer non-surgical gum disease treatments. The first step often is scaling and root planing.
If you’ve ever come to the dentist office for a cleaning, then you have had a dentist or hygienist use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar. The scaler has the small hooks on the ends.
With scaling and root planing, a member of our team will be going deeper to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria from the roots of your teeth. (Don’t worry, we can use local anesthetic or dental sedation to make sure you don’t feel any pain.)
We may recommend an antibiotic as well. The gel can kill bacteria that remains after scaling and root planing, and it can prevent bacteria from causing another infection.
We usually have patients return for a follow-up appointment about a month after their treatment. If more work is needed, we can turn to our dental lasers.
Laser dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and it has created a new way of removing infected gum tissue. The dental laser evaporates infected tissue while sealing healthy tissue at the same time.
By using a dental laser at Atlanta West Dentistry, most patients are able to avoid oral surgery. The laser treatment is less invasive. Since no cutting is involved, there is less bleeding, our patients heal faster than they would (compared to surgery), and we are able to preserve more of their healthy gum tissue.
If you live in or near Marietta, GA, our dentists want to keep your mouth free of gum disease. Call 770-744-4619 to schedule a visit.
When Should You Seek Periodontal Treatment?
Gum disease exists in two broad categories. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gum disease.
Healthy gums look pink and feel firm. When gingivitis develops, gums look red, swollen, or both. Your gums also may bleed when you brush or floss.
The good news is you may be able to reverse your gum disease at this stage. Gingivitis could be a sign that you aren’t brushing as flossing like you should.
Following the American Dental Association daily oral hygiene recommendations may be enough. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. (Using a time can help you make sure you scrubbing long enough.)
You also need to clean between your teeth daily. Dental floss, flossers, and waters flossers all can be used to do this job. You should notice less bleeding with time until it stops.
If the bleeding continues, you already may have periodontitis. That’s when you should call us as soon as possible. Here are other signs of periodontitis that should prompt you to Atlanta West Dentistry right away:
☐ Sore, tender gums
☐ Receding gums
☐ Pus leaking from between your gums
☐ Pimple-like bumps on your gums
☐ Teeth that feel loose
☐ Bad breath or a bad taste that does not go away
We don’t want anyone in Marietta, GA, or the surrounding area to have gum disease. But if you do, we want to treat it as quickly as possible.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. We want to keep your gums healthy and keep you smiling.
Contact us to make an appointment as soon as you suspect you may have a gum infection.
Stay Vigilant Against Gum Disease
The bacteria that cause gum disease live inside your mouth. This is why your daily hygiene is important. It’s also why regular professional cleanings and exams should be part of your preventive efforts.
Don’t let gum disease steal your smile. Stay active in the fight against it.