Dr. Brenda Paulen offers personalized, effective solutions for patients dealing with various stages of gum disease. Dr. Paulen can create a personalized solution to restore health and function to the teeth and gums. To learn more about your options, visit Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs, GA.
Gum disease is categorized into two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is described as an inflammation of the gums, which may cause symptoms like red or swollen gum, and bleeding gums during brushing and flossing.
Periodontitis disease occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. During periodontitis, the gum tissue and teeth are compromised. As the disease progresses, the bone in the jaw begins to deteriorate, the gum tissue breaks down, and the teeth begin to shift. Over time, if periodontitis is not treated, patients may begin to lose their teeth.
Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar buildup up on the teeth. When plaque and tartar are not removed, it may lead to the development of gum disease. To reduce your risk of gum disease, patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and rinse with a plaque-reducing mouthwash. Patients should also consider quitting smoking and tobacco use. Smoking can disrupt the healing process for infected gums.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is considered a progressive oral health concern. If left untreated, gum disease can have detrimental effects on your overall oral health. The longer gum disease is left untreated; the more likely advanced treatment will be needed to restore your smile.
Being aware of the sign and symptoms of gum disease can help you improve your gum health. If you suspect you may have gum disease, or you haven’t visited the dentist for your preventive care exam, visit Proud Smiles in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Paulen performs routine gum disease screenings during your preventive care exam. Dr. Paulen offers a full range of periodontal therapy solutions to eliminate diseased gum tissue and restore damaged teeth.
Sign of Gum Disease:
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding Gums
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Sores in the mouth
If diagnosed early, gum disease can likely be treated with conservative treatments. If left untreated, gum disease can affect your teeth, gum, and bone structure. Finding the right solution for your oral needs can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
Dr. Brenda Paulen is a highly trained dentist in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Paulen and our dental care tea are committed to providing patient-centered, comprehensive dental care to patients in need. To schedule a preventive care exam, call 404.418.7734 or request an appointment online.