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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is an autoimmune disease that occurs in approximately 35-40% of the population in America. The disease causes bone loss around teeth in relation to the amount of plaque on your teeth. Unfortunately, there is no true cure for Periodontal Disease but we can help to actively treat the disease to keep symptoms to a minimum and to help keep bone loss to a minimum. Most people have no idea that they have periodontal disease. It typically does not hurt but it will continue to progress if left untreated, resulting in bad breath, loose teeth, or dental abscesses. Periodontal Disease can be classified as mild (gingivitis) to severe.

How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

When plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth, it irritates the sensitive gum tissue. The gums can become inflamed, red, and tender, often bleeding when you brush or eat crunchy foods. Inflammation without bone loss is called gingivitis. This can be remedied by having regular cleaning. As gingivitis progresses, the gums can become more infected and recede away from the teeth. You may experience bad breath from the infection, persisting even after you brush or use mouthwash. If you begin noticing any of these symptoms, you may have gingivitis and need treatment to regain your oral health.

If you are experiencing loose teeth, chronic bad breath, and infection or puss around your teeth, you may have a more advanced form of periodontal disease. Our dentists and hygienist work together to treat the disease and help get you back into good oral health.

How do you treat Periodontal Disease?

Excellent oral hygiene is not just for fresh breath and preventing tooth decay, it is also crucial for gum health, both for those individuals prone to periodontal disease and for those who are not. The bacteria that feed on food debris on teeth can cause decay or cavities and bad breath, but there are also bacteria that can cause infection in the gum tissue and cause bone loss. Even with daily brushing and flossing, there are still particles that can hide in crevices of the teeth, feeding bacteria that can build plaque, and tartar and lead to a serious gum infection.

To prevent and treat gingivitis or gum disease, thorough cleanings and treatments for infection are needed. Regular visits for professional dental cleanings are important for prevention, but when gingivitis has started, gum therapy is needed. Our dental hygienist and dentist work together to treat gum disease, helping to restore healthy gum tissue and prevent tooth loss and risks to your health from gum disease.

Another adjunct for treating periodontal disease is by using antibiotics. We can put antibiotics directly around the teeth in the infected areas. This treatment works incredibly well to minimize infections. We can also use a low dose of an oral antibiotic, which also helps in those people with chronic periodontal disease.

If you are concerned that you have gingivitis or already have been diagnosed with gum disease, regular treatments can help restore healthy gums. Contact our office to schedule a checkup and cleaning to begin a treatment plan to protect your smile and overall health from the damage of gum disease.

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

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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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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