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How to Reverse Gum Disease in Snellville

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), half of Americans aged 30 or up have some form of gum disease and over 70% of Americans over the age of 65 have it. These are astonishing statistics and it’s no exaggeration to say that gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an epidemic in this country. 

The good news is that gum disease is reversible. The earlier it’s caught, the easier it is to treat. At Parkway Dental, every oral health checkup includes a thorough examination of the gums. We can spot signs of the disease before you’ve had any symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to visit us every six months. To schedule your next appointment, call our Snellville, GA office at [phone]. 

Types of Gum Disease

There are two “types” of gum disease, but they are really just levels of severity. Early-stage disease is called gingivitis. While you may not have any symptoms with gingivitis, we can detect it during your examination, enabling a jump start on treatment. 

If left untreated, gingivitis will invariably progress into the more serious periodontitis. Eventually, your gums may begin to recede and your teeth may even fall out. 

What Are Gum Disease Symptoms

Initially, you may not notice any symptoms at all. But if you experience any of the following, be sure to call us to schedule an appointment. 

  • Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that pull away from your teeth
  • Teeth that appear longer than usual (due to the gums receding)
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Your bite (the way your teeth fit together) feels different or off
  • Pus in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose or falling out

How Will We Treat Your Gum Disease?

How we address your periodontal disease depends on its severity. 

  • If your gum disease is in a relatively early stage, you may be able to bring your gums back to health through good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings — ie what you should be doing anyway. We will be happy to discuss the proper way to brush and floss at home.
  • Scaling and root planing is a deep-cleaning technique that will be performed under local anesthesia. Bacteria-filled plaque and tartar will be cleaned away, including from under the gum line, and the tooth roots are made smoother.  

Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Your best bet for preventing gum disease is practicing meticulous oral hygiene and visiting the dentist twice every year. Also, don’t smoke. Tobacco use is one of the biggest risk factors for periodontal disease, plus smokers’ disease is much more difficult to treat, likely due to their compromised immune systems. While some risk factors like age and genetics are impossible to control, just knowing your risk can help you be aware and be extra meticulous about keeping your mouth clean. 

If you’ve been noticing gum disease symptoms or you are due for a checkup, call Parkway Dental of Snellville, GA at [phone]  or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. 

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