When you think of a healthy smile, cavity-free teeth are probably the first thing that comes to mind. But did you know that gum health is just as important for maintaining a healthy smile? Gum disease is incredibly common, affecting nearly half of American adults, and can lead to oral health issues such as loose teeth, receding gums, and even tooth loss, as well as systemic health problems. At Alpharetta Smile Care, we take your health seriously and offer a variety of periodontal treatment options for patients in the Alpharetta, Milton, Canton, Cumming, Roswell, and surrounding GA communities.
At its essence, gum disease is a bacterial infection in your mouth. When we eat, the starches and sugars in food and beverages lingers on our teeth, where it develops into a sticky film called plaque. Bacteria thrive in this environment, and as they multiply, they excrete toxic products that eat away at the gums. Over time, they can proliferate to such an extent that they form “pockets” that cause the gums to separate from the teeth, as well as erode healthy tooth and bone structure. At its early stages, gum disease has seemingly mild symptoms such as bad breath, swollen, red gums, or a little bleeding when you brush and floss. However, because it is a progressive disease, it can lead to much more serious oral health issues over time, including tooth loss. In addition, research has shown a link between the bacteria associated with gum disease and several deadly health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes.
Each patient has unique needs when it comes to restoring and maintaining periodontal health. Your gum care plan may include one or more of the following components:
At Alpharetta Smile Care, patients receive comprehensive oral health care that starts with a thorough evaluation of their teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. Dr. Worful is highly skilled and experienced in working with patients to restore healthy gums after gingivitis or periodontitis, and takes the time to tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs and preferences. To schedule your appointment at Alpharetta Smile Care, call us at (678) 762-1601 today!