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Gum Disease, Gingivitis, Marietta

Gum Disease, Gingivitis

Treatment for Gum Disease

Your gums are the base for your oral health. When the gums become infected, it can lead to tooth loss, changes in your jaw structure and put you at risk for serious health problems. At Dental Care Center at Kennestone, we strive to help our patients prevent gum, or periodontal, disease with routine general dentistry. When gum disease does strike, we offer effective treatment options to combat this serious oral health issue.

Gum, or periodontal, disease is a severe infection of the gum tissue. It can cause bone and tissue loss, as well as put you at higher risk for strokes, type 2 diabetes and problems during pregnancy. Treatment involves removing the bacteria that cause gum disease and helping to fight the infection in the gum. This can include deep cleanings, medication for the infection and other treatments to promote healing of the gum tissue.

Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is caused by excess bacteria attacking the gum tissue. These bacteria thrive in plaque and tartar on the teeth. There are several stages of periodontal disease, the first being gingivitis. The early symptoms include:

  • Receding gums
  • Swollen or red gum tissue
  • Bleeding when brushing or eating
  • Tender gums
  • Bad breath

These symptoms do not need to be present for you to have gum disease, but they are common. As the bacteria attacks the gum tissue, it begins to recede from the teeth. This creates larger pockets to form for bacteria to hide. During your routine cleanings, our hygienist examines your gums to check for any signs of gum disease and will recommend treatment if you have any symptoms.

Catching periodontal disease in the early stages is important for successful treatment. If we can catch your gum infection early, it can be quickly reversed, and we can help protect your oral and overall health. Contact our office to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today, especially if you have any symptoms of gum disease.


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Our Client Reviews

Dental Care Center at Kennestone

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 247 reviews

  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

    Ronni P.