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3 Stages of Gum Disease Marietta, GA

3 Stages of Gum Disease

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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is one of the most serious oral health conditions. Not only can gum disease affect your teeth and gums, but it is an infection that can also impact the health of your body. Diabetes, stroke, heart disease and stroke have all been linked to periodontal disease.

In all cases, gum disease needs to be treated. It is an infection and inflammation within the gums that will not go away on its own. In fact, it will get worse. That’s why we can break gum disease down into three main stages. But you should know that gum disease begins with bacteria. When oral bacteria is not removed through regular brushing and flossing, it festers within the gums. Since these are the soft tissues that support your teeth, your teeth and underlying bone can also be impacted.

#1 Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the initial state of periodontal disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with gingivitis, rest assured that you’ve caught it early and there’s an excellent chance you can reverse it through conservative measures. Gingivitis is when the gums are inflamed and irritated. It is characterized by red or swollen gums, bleeding gums and/or bad breath.

#2 Periodontitis
At the next stage of gum disease, the plaque buildup hardens and turns into tartar. It is important to know that tartar cannot be removed with brushing, only a dentist carries the tools necessary to do the job without causing further harm. Signs of periodontitis include increased gum bleeding as well as gum recession (your teeth may look longer). Again, periodontitis can usually be treated successfully with non-invasive treatment such as scaling and root planing (deep cleaning).

#3 Advanced Periodontitis
This is the most serious and detrimental stage. It involves tooth decay and permanent bone loss. Deep pockets typically form between the tooth and gums. This harbors more bacteria and furthers the infection. Patients with advanced periodontitis often have multiple dental issues to address due to the gum infection that has been lingering too long.

Preventing Gum Disease

While it is scary to consider the advanced symptoms of gum disease, it is important to remember that gum disease is absolutely preventable. A good oral hygiene routine along with regular visits to your dentist can ensure gum disease is either prevented altogether or kept an early, manageable stage. If you have symptoms of gum disease, don’t ignore. At Gilreath Dental Associates, we proudly offer treatments for all stages of gum disease using the latest techniques and technology available.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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