Gum Health

Periodontal treatment and deep cleanings restore healthy gums in Alpharetta, GA

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.

Gum disease explained

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.

Periodontal treatment options

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:

  • Routine dental cleanings: Treating gum disease—and preventing it from even occurring in the first place— starts with diligent home care and routine cleanings at the dentist. We recommend that everyone visit us every six months for a professional cleaning to eliminate built-up plaque and tartar and to check on the health of your teeth and gums. When we catch these issues early, they are much easier to treat, which translates into less time in the dental chair and less money out of your pocket!
  • Deep cleanings (teeth scaling and root planing): This non-surgical treatment is a deeper cleaning procedure that helps eliminate the bacteria and plaque from beneath the gum line, where toothbrushing and flossing can’t reach.
  • Oxyfresh: One of the symptoms of gum disease is bad breath. Using Oxyfresh in addition to healthy home care habits can help cure bad breath by dissolving the odor-causing compounds in your mouth.
  • Teeth straightening options: Did you know that crooked teeth are more likely to develop gum disease? When your teeth are misaligned or crowded, it becomes difficult to properly clean between them and debris and bacteria more easily build up. By straightening your teeth with one of the orthodontics options offered at Alpharetta Smile Care, including traditional braces or clear aligner therapy, you can not only enjoy healthier gums but also a beautiful smile.

Expert gum care

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!

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