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Are Some Types of Gum Disease Worse Than Others?

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Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a serious problem that family dentistry professionals see every day. If left untreated for long periods, it leads to tooth loss and a number of health problems that you may not readily associate with your teeth. To prevent gum disease from diminishing the quality of your smile and your overall health, be sure to maintain regular dental care. If you don’t have dental insurance, an affordable dentist can work with you to keep costs down. Here are the types of periodontal disease your dentist in Atlanta can help prevent and treat.

Gingivitis. The early-stage and mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it’s often related to poor dental care. Affected gums are red and swollen, and they bleed easily. At this stage, complete reversal is possible with vigilant oral hygiene and professional treatment. Some people are more likely to develop gingivitis than others. These include individuals with diabetes and other systemic illnesses. Stress, smoking, pregnancy, aging, poor nutrition, hormonal fluctuations, and substance abuse can also increase the risk of gingivitis.

Periodontitis. Plaque develops below the gum line when gingivitis is left untreated, and bacteria in the plaque produce toxins that irritate gum tissues. This initiates an ongoing inflammatory response that breaks down soft tissues and supporting bones. As gums pull away from the teeth, pockets of infection form and eventually deepen. Symptoms are often mild until extensive damage has occurred. This stage of gum disease can occur at any age. Necrotizing periodontal disease results in tissue death and loss of alveolar bone; it’s generally seen alongside severe malnutrition, HIV infection or immunosupression. Development of periodontitis in young patients is sometimes related to underlying systemic illnesses like heart or respiratory disease and diabetes. All types of periodontal disease should be professionally evaluated and aggressively treated.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Atlanta, call Dental One Associates of Dunwoody today at (404) 381-1490 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Georgia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Dunwoody, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Dunwoody.

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