At Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs, we believe in the importance of gum health. Healthy gums are the support for healthy teeth.
Preventive dental care plays an important role in maintaining gum health, providing the opportunity on a routine basis for Dr. Paulen and her staff to spot gum disease in the early stages when conservative treatment can be comfortable and cost effective. Changes in gum health can also be an indicator of changes in systemic health such as diabetes, cancer or auto-immune disorders.
Dr. Paulen educates her patients on the link between oral health and overall health, stressing the proven association between gum disease and heart disease and stroke. Gum disease can also have an impact on pregnancy health and outcome. Maintaining healthy gums is important not only for dental health, but for a good quality of life.
Read more about the Oral-Systemic Connection.
Signs and Symptoms 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
Periodontal Therapy Sandy Springs
For early stage gum disease, known as gingivitis, Dr. Paulen may recommend additional, more detailed dental cleanings and the use of an antibacterial rinse or natural anti-oxidant Perioscience salve. In some cases, a scaling and root planing procedure may be necessary to remove plaque from the deeper pockets of the gum and prevent further damage. A prescription strength anesthetic gel now eliminates the need for injection for comfort. The subsequent use of a diode laser, BioLase, can facilitate quick and comfortable healing.
If periodontitis, advanced gum disease, is present Dr. Paulen may recommend more invasive treatment to restore oral health. When appropriate, treatment may be coordinated with a local periodontist. Learn More.