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Gum Disease 101: How To Keep Your Teeth!

Welcome back to the ongoing blog of Mountain View Dental! Here at our Acworth, GA dental office, we work hard to help patients avoid the pitfalls of gum disease. Gum disease is a very common disease that is easily treatable in its early stages — and very detrimental to your oral health in its later stages. Our team offers diagnostic services as well as a variety of nonsurgical gum disease treatment options.

Let’s talk about how to spot gum disease, how we can eliminate your infection, and how to prevent instances of gum disease in the future. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our team. We will be happy to help you!

How To Spot Gum Disease

Gum disease can be tricky to spot, so we highly recommend seeing a professional a couple times a year just in case. However, there are a few telltale signs to look out for. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from gum disease and should seek help as soon as possible.

  • red gums
  • swollen gums
  • bleeding gums
  • tender gums
  • chronic bad breath
  • shifting teeth
  • gums that are pulling away from the teeth

How We Treat Gum Disease

If you are suffering from gum disease, please seek help from our dental experts. We offer a variety of nonsurgical treatment options that can be used to restore your oral health.

Scaling And Root Planing – This deep cleaning method is used to remove harmful buildup from underneath your gums. This is an easy procedure and the first option for eradicating a mild infection.

Antibiotic Treatment – This type of treatment is often used with another form of gum disease treatment. Antibiotics work to eliminate any harmful bacteria that might be hanging around.

Laser Therapy – Laser therapy is a great tool for eradicating fairly extensive cases of disease, reattaching gum tissue, and restoring oral health. This process is painless and does not require stitches or long healing periods.

Periodontal Surgery – This is the last resort and used to restore oral health in the most advanced cases of gum disease. We refer these cases out to an experienced periodontal professional.

How To Avoid Gum Disease In The Future

Don’t want to have to deal with gum disease in the future? Follow these four simple preventive steps to maintain optimum oral health.

Step 1: Brush Your Teeth – We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled brush with a small head. This type of brush is best suited for reaching all of the nooks and crannies in your mouth.

Step 2: Floss Your Teeth – We recommend flossing your teeth at least once a day to remove any debris that may be lodged in between your teeth. The importance of flossing is severely understated, and we believe that you should stick to this routine for optimum oral health!

Step 3: Eat Healthy Food – A balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is key to maintaining a happy, healthy smile (and good health overall!). Talk to our team if you are uncertain as to what a healthy diet may look like for you.

Step 4: Go To The Dentist – Regular professional cleanings and exams are extremely important in detecting early signs of disease and keeping your mouth clean and disease-free.

Make An Appointment

Do you think you may have gum disease? Are you simply overdue for a checkup? Contact our team directly to book your appointment. You can reach us by calling 770-615-7326. You can also send us a message using our online contact form. Simply fill it out, click submit, and a member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible.

No matter how you contact us, our team can help you find a convenient date and time for your visit. Don’t let gum disease ruin your oral health. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!