Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is the inflammation of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. The number one cause of gum disease is improper dental hygiene, and gum disease is one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is a very common condition, despite the advancements in dental care, and it affects millions of Americans each year. Gum disease progresses in stages of infection, and in its earliest stages it can be reversed with proper dental care. At Hello Family Dental in Johns Creek, Dr. Mitul Patel leads this comprehensive family dental practice to treat patients of all ages with preventive and restorative dental procedures.
The first signs of gum disease are red, swollen, and irritated gums that bleed easily. Plaque build up causes the gums to become irritated and begin to break down. While brushing is needed to keep the surface areas of the teeth clean and the breath fresh, flossing every day is crucial to keeping gum disease at bay. Flossing can get in between the teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot fit. Plaque that remains between the teeth quickly begins to eat away at health gum tissues, causing gum disease. Plaque is made up of harmful bacteria, and when gum disease goes without proper treatment it can extend from the gums to the jawbone and lead to periodontitis and tooth loss.
If your gums are swollen and irritated, please do not wait another day to call us to schedule an appointment. In its earliest stages gum disease can be reversed with a professional deep cleaning treatment. However, if it is not treated in a timely manner devastating effects can occur. Our dental practice is currently accepting new patients and we welcome the opportunity to serve you and your family.