Do you have receding or swollen gums? You may be suffering from gingivitis or more pronounced stages of gum or periodontal disease. Your gum health is vital to your overall health. Gum disease can jeopardize your teeth, causing bone and tooth loss. It can also put you at higher risk for other health problems. Gum disease has been linked to pregnancy issues, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and many other serious health conditions. Our team at Dr. Barnett, DMD, can help prevent and treat gum disease with professional dental care services at our office in Marietta, GA.
Gum disease is a severe infection of the gum tissue. If not treated, it can damage the tissues and a bone that hold your teeth in place. In addition, the bacteria that cause infection can enter the bloodstream and affect your health. To treat gum disease, the infection must be stopped and the gum tissue must be allowed to heal. We offer deep cleanings and medications to help fight the infection and restore gum health for our patients.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gum, or periodontal, disease is caused by bacteria that accumulate on the teeth. These bacteria create plaque that can harden into tartar, giving the bacteria a solid structure on which to thrive. When allowed to flourish, the bacteria attack the gum tissue and cause infection. Some of the signs of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing
- Red, swollen gum tissue
- Gums that recede from the tooth root
- Bad breath
While gum disease is progressive, it can also be reversed. When caught in the earlier stages, the infection can be removed and the gum tissue can heal. Health can be restored to the gums and teeth if treatment is used to stop the infection. If you have any signs of gum disease, contact our office to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.