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Gum Disease: When Do You Need A Dentist’s Help? Marietta, GA

Gum Disease: When Do You Need A Dentist’s Help?

While gingivitis can be reversed with diligent oral hygiene efforts at home, gum disease requires the help of a professional. Gum disease, or periodontitis, means that the areas of infection have progressed and reached depths that your toothbrush and floss can no longer reach. If left untreated, this causes the gum tissue to separate from the teeth and the teeth to become unstable. The advanced stages of gum disease can also result in bone loss.

How do you know if your gingivitis has progressed to gum disease? Besides letting your dentist take a good look every six months during your routine exam, you should be aware of the following signs of gum disease:

  • bleeding gums
  • recession
  • tooth sensitivity
  • bad breath
  • heavy tartar buildup
  • food packing between teeth
  • tooth mobility

If you notice any of these signs, go ahead and schedule a dental appointment sooner rather than later. You will need the help of your dentist to fight this disease. Eliminating gum disease not only preserves your teeth but it also protects your overall health. Gum disease is known for its link to heart disease and diabetes.

What can you expect when it comes to gum disease treatment? It all depends on the stage and severity of your condition. Your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning using ultrasonic scalers to remove the buildup and bacteria in your gum pockets. This gives your gum tissues a chance to reattach and be healthy. Your dentist may also want to see you on a more regular basis, perhaps every three months. Patients will also need to take disciplined action with their brushing and flossing routine at home. More advanced periodontal disease may require other treatments such as laser gum therapy or oral surgery. The good news is that gum disease can be reversed as long as you are smart enough to let your dentist help.

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

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


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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