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Stop Gingivitis With These 5 Steps Marietta, GA

Stop Gingivitis With These 5 Steps

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Gingivitis may be a dental term you are already aware of. It is a condition that is marked by red, bleeding and puffy gums. As many as half of American adults suffer from this initial stage of gum disease. While gingivitis is common, it doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis refers to inflammation of gum tissue in your mouth. It most often develops due to poor oral hygiene, or when plaque is not cleaned off the teeth. Once the plaque hardens, it irritates the soft tissues at the gum line or base of the teeth. In doing so, gingivitis is marked by gums that are red, swollen or bleed easily. These are warning signs that your gums are inflamed and that gingivitis has set in. Fortunately, your gums can be easily restored at this stage.

Ignoring gingivitis, however, could mean a full infection of the gums and damage to the underlying bone. Advanced gum disease (called periodontitis) is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. It can also increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

Reversing Early Gum Disease

The only good news about gum disease is that it can be easily reversed if caught at its early stages of gingivitis. Therefore, if you notice signs of gingivitis, take the following action steps sooner rather than later:

  1. Floss Daily
  2. Brush Teeth for 2 Minutes Each Time
  3. Use a Gingivitis-Fighting Mouthwash (cetylpyridinium chloride or chlorhexidine)
  4. Watch Your Sugar Intake (including starchy carbohydrates)
  5. Visit Our Office for a Professional Cleaning

Think you have the beginnings of gum disease brewing in your mouth? Let us help. A professional dental cleaning can typically eliminate the hardened plaque and bacteria that is irritating your gums. One of the worst mistakes you can make with gingivitis is avoiding the issue. While our office is equipped to treat advanced periodontal disease, it is much easier, faster and cheaper to treat gingivitis.

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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