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The Serious Overall Health Threats of Untreated Gum Disease Gainesville, GA
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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is not just a dental issue—it’s a significant health concern that can impact your entire body. At Gainesville Dental Group, we emphasize the importance of early detection and treatment to prevent its progression and associated health risks.

Recognizing the Signs of Early Gum Disease

Early gum disease, or gingivitis, is often characterized by:

  • Swollen or red gums
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth

It’s crucial to recognize these early signs and seek dental care to prevent the progression to more severe periodontitis.

Health Risks Associated with Untreated Gum Disease

  • Cardiovascular Disease: Research suggests a link between gum disease and increased risk of heart disease.
  • Diabetes: Gum disease can worsen diabetes by affecting blood sugar control.
  • Respiratory Diseases: Bacteria from infected gums can be inhaled, potentially leading to respiratory diseases like pneumonia.
  • Pregnancy Complications: Gum disease is linked to preterm birth and low birth weight in babies.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Ongoing studies indicate a possible connection between periodontitis and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

How Gum Disease Affects the Body

Gum disease can have systemic effects due to the spread of bacteria from the mouth to other parts of the body via the bloodstream. The inflammatory response triggered by these bacteria can contribute to various health conditions.

Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

Preventive measures include regular dental cleanings, proper brushing and flossing, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If gum disease is present, treatment options at Gainesville Dental Group range from deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) to more advanced periodontal therapies.

The Importance of Regular Dental Check-ups

Regular dental check-ups are essential for early detection and management of gum disease. Our team at Gainesville Dental Group is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to prevent and treat gum disease, safeguarding not only your oral health but also your overall well-being.

Untreated gum disease poses a serious threat to your overall health. Early recognition and prompt treatment are key to preventing its progression and associated health risks. Contact Gainesville Dental Group to schedule a consultation and take a proactive step towards protecting your health.

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

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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.