Have chronic bad breath? Notice your gums are receding? Looking for a periodontist near you? Gum disease is one of the most common dental issues in adults. Fortunately, if it’s caught early on, there’s a good chance you and your dentist will be able to completely reverse the effects. However, this means staying on top of your oral hygiene routine and keeping vigilant for any changes you might notice in your teeth or gums. Think you may suffer from gum disease? Schedule an appointment with our periodontist today.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding or sensitive gums
  • Gum or tooth pain
  • Receding gums
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums

While these symptoms don’t necessarily guarantee that you have gum disease, it’s still a good idea to get them checked out. If left untreated, gum disease can also lead to loose teeth or tooth loss.

Your Local Periodontist

Our periodontist offers a few different treatment options for gum disease. Early signs of gum disease might be reversed through cleaning and proper oral care, but more advanced gum disease usually requires scaling and root planing.

This is a double procedure in which the areas underneath the gums are thoroughly cleaned, removing any plaque or bacteria that has built up to cause irritation. Then, any rough areas are smoothed to give bacteria fewer places to hide in the future.

Serious cases of gum disease could also require surgery to eliminate. If you’ve had gum disease or are at risk, it’s important that you come in for cleanings every six months to keep it from worsening and maintain control.

Our office offers care from a periodontist Georgetown residents can trust. If you’re worried about gum disease, call our office to book an appointment with our periodontist near you today!


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