July 17, 2017
Gum Disease Treatment in Marietta: Our Dentist Explains Your Options
When it comes to your mouth, the teeth may be the star of the show, but gums are like the movie producer.
They make things happen behind the scenes, but typically don’t get much credit for playing their role in a beautiful smile and healthy mouth.
While just about everyone knows how important it is to brush and floss so that your pearly whites don’t fade to a dingy yellow color, many people don’t realize just how important it is to take care of your gums at all costs.
Unfortunately, many patients don’t realize it until they already have gum disease (also called periodontal disease).
So what are the early warning signs of gum/periodontal disease?
Gum disease starts innocently enough with the first signs being barely noticeable. Maybe your teeth start bleeding a little when you brush, but hey, you’re probably just thinking that you got a little too aggressive with your brushing.
Or maybe your gums are a little red, but you don’t really pay it much attention.
In some cases, you may notice that your significant other starts offering you a breath mint more often, which is an indicator that you may be suffering from bad breath (a common early sign of gum disease).
Here are the most common and first warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease:
- Chronic bad breath
- Sores in your mouth
- Loose or separated teeth
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums with normal brushing and flossing
The bottom line is this, if you notice anything out of the ordinary in your mouth, it’s a good idea to see a dentist (we’re right here in Marietta, GA) as soon as possible.
Can gum disease impact my overall health and well-being?
Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, so it obviously makes sense to go to great lengths to ensure proper oral hygiene.
While it’s important to note that the research on the oral-systemic connection is still ongoing, there appears to be a correlation between oral health, diabetes, and heart disease. We want to be clear that we aren’t saying gum disease causes these conditions, just that the research is noteworthy and rather interesting:
Gum disease treatment options
At our dental practice (formerly located in Powder Springs), we treat patients with some level of gum disease just about every day. In fact, according to the CDC, half of American adults have some level of gum disease.
You can read the study here: https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm
The first step in treating gum disease is scheduling your dental appointment with Dr. Mohip-Chahwala at our Marietta office. At this point, you may receive a routine dental cleaning and oral exam, as well as discuss minimally invasive options, such as cleaning the pockets around your teeth and establishing a rigorous oral hygiene routine (and sticking to it!).
If you’re in the more advanced stage of periodontal disease, more advanced treatment, such as tooth removal and replacement with dental implants plus crowns may be required.
At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, Dr. Mohip-Chahwala and our team will discuss your gum disease treatment options with you so that you can select the best treatment (with our recommendations).
Every patient is different, which is why an initial examination is required to begin formulating a game plan for effective gum disease treatment.
So what’s the next step?
If you’re looking for gum disease or periodontal treatment in Lithia Springs, Marietta (or any surrounding areas including Hiram, Austell, Kennesaw, etc.) then we would love to meet you.
All that’s left to do now is pick up the phone and call our office to schedule your appointment.
Oh and if you haven’t already, we’ve compiled what patients are saying about our practice on Google and Facebook onto the page below:
We encourage you to read our reviews and schedule your appointment!