Peridontal Disease

A Smile 4U

Dentists located in Cartersville, Dalton, East Point, Hiram, and Decatur, GA, and Oxford, MI

Periodontal disease (gum disease) affects almost half of United States adults over 30 and 70% over 65. If untreated, it can lead to further health problems and tooth loss. The experienced team at A Smile 4 U uses the latest technologies to treat periodontal disease and restore oral health. A Smile 4 U has locations in Cartersville, Dalton, East Point, Hiram, and Decatur, Georgia, and Oxford, Mississippi. Call your nearest office today or book an appointment online.

Periodontal Disease Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection in the soft gum tissue and the bone beneath. Without professional intervention, it gets progressively worse. If untreated, it can lead to loose teeth, teeth loss, jaw instability, and bone degradation.

No one is immune to periodontal disease — it can affect you even if you practice excellent oral hygiene. Attending twice-yearly visits at A Smile 4 U reduces your risk of it developing (and catches it early if it does).

What causes periodontal disease?

Many factors contribute to periodontal disease. The most well-known is poor dental hygiene, but other factors include changes in health, lifestyle choices, and medication.

Health changes

Hormone changes and chronic stress weaken your immune system and make your gums more sensitive, leaving you vulnerable to infection and disease. While several non-dental medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, can trigger or accelerate the onset of gum disease specifically.

Medication

Antidepressants, heart medication, steroids, and oral contraceptive pills, can affect your gum health, making you more at risk of developing gum disease and infection.

Lifestyle

Poor diet and smoking put you at risk of developing calculus (tartar), bone loss, and gum infection, making you more vulnerable to gum disease.

Genes

Your genetic makeup may make you more susceptible to periodontal disease. While you can't change your genes, your provider can help you take preventive measures to help keep gum disease at bay.

The expert providers at A Smile 4 U diagnose the cause of your gum disease and create individualized treatment programs to address the issue.

How does a deep cleaning treat periodontal disease?

If you have extensive periodontal disease and your teeth have started to pull away from your gums, your provider may recommend a deep-cleaning treatment. Deep cleaning uses specialized tools and techniques to thoroughly clean the places you may miss in your daily cleaning. It follows a two-stage process: gum scaling and root planing.

Gum scaling removes plaque or tartar that has accumulated above and below your gumline. Root planing smoothes the tooth roots so your gum can reattach to your tooth

Deep cleaning is a comprehensive procedure. Some people experience sensitivity, mild gum swelling, and even bleeding for a day or two afterward.

Don't let gum disease affect your quality of life. Call A Smile 4 U to schedule a dental checkup or book an appointment online today.