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Do I Have Gum Disease? Gainesville, GA
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Your gums are the foundation for your smile. These soft tissues that hold your teeth in place should be diligently cared for throughout your lifetime. When irritation, infection or disease sets in, your teeth and underlying bone structure are at risk. It is important to understand the detrimental effects of untreated gum disease, which can range from tooth loss to consequences within your overall health. In fact, advanced gum disease has been associated with stroke, heart disease, diabetes and premature births.

Now that you know how serious gum disease can be, you should know how to detect it. While a dentist can accurately diagnose early gum disease, you can also identify some warning signs at home on your own. When it comes to treating periodontal disease, the sooner, the better.

Take a good look at your gums, do you have any of the following symptoms of gum disease?

  • Bleeding around the gums after brushing
  • Swollen, red, and tender gums
  • Gums that have receded or pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in how your teeth or dentures fit together

Treating and Preventing Gum Disease

First, let’s take a look at what causes this common yet serious oral health condition. Periodontal disease often begins with the excessive buildup of plaque and tartar along the gum line, which leads to bacterial growth and infection. Left untreated, this infection can eventually destroy the connective tissues and underlying bone that stabilize your teeth. Gum disease, therefore, is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.

At Gainesville Dental Group, we not only closely monitor your gum health throughout the year, but we also help patients understand their specific risk factors for periodontal disease. Gum disease is more prevalent among those who smoke, have diabetes, practice poor oral hygiene and have crooked teeth.

With proper education and treatment, patients can effectively reverse gum disease. Therapies depend on the severity of the gum disease and can include a scaling and root planing procedure (also called “deep cleaning”), a procedure that eradicates harmful bacteria within the deep pockets of the gums and promotes the reattachment of the gums to the tooth roots.

Need help restoring your gum health? Call Gainesville Dental Group today.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Our office is open for normal business hours and we are following all ADA/CDC guidelines to ensure staff and patient safety.