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Preventing or Treating Gum Disease

Main Street Dentistry works with many patients each day to preserve their oral health by preventing or treating periodontal disease.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease and is characterized by inflammation present in the gums. Gingivitis is often noticed because the gums look irritated and become red or swollen. If the swelling or inflammation is severe, it can cause a lot of pain.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can get serious without treatment and alter the way you speak and eat. It affects the softer tissues in the mouth as well as harder tissues and can lead to teeth becoming unstable and falling out.

Common Signs of Periodontitis

If you believe that you or someone you love may be developing periodontal disease, there are some signs you can look out for. Once the gum disease is present in the mouth, it will continue to worsen without dental treatment. Some of the signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding in the gums when flossing or brushing teeth
  • Bad breath that does not go away with brushing, mouthwash, etc.
  • Pain when chewing or putting pressure on teeth
  • Gaps or spaces that begin to develop between teeth
  • Teeth that begin to feel as if they are loosening
  • Gums that are tender, swollen, or showing signs of redness

Treatment & Prevention

While you can keep your teeth as clean as possible by brushing and flossing properly at home, it is recommended that you visit a dentist near you at least twice a year to make sure that your oral health is pristine. A healthy mouth is essential to preventing gum disease, and visiting your dentist often can help them prevent the development of gum disease before symptoms worsen.

Patients in Alpharetta can call Main Street Dentistry to schedule an appointment. We provide premier dental care and use the latest techniques to prevent gum disease. Our goal is to help patients achieve excellent oral health, so give us a call today to speak with someone on our team.