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Is Gum Disease Reversible?, Marietta

Is Gum Disease Reversible?

Can gum disease be reversed? It depends on at what point you diagnose and start treating it.

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis is completely reversible. Symptoms tend to include minor irritation, redness, or swelling along the outermost edges of your gum tissues (gingiva.) You might even see a little bleeding here or there when you brush and floss.

To reverse gingivitis, you’ll need to brush twice daily (especially along your gumlines) and floss daily. Professional dental cleanings are also essential, as we can remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach spaces before the disease advances to a more aggressive stage.

With good home care, gingivitis can be reversed in about two weeks.

Periodontal disease, on the other hand, cannot. Once gingivitis goes untreated, it can progress into the surrounding gum and bone structures. At that point, mild to moderate periodontitis develops. This stage of infection triggers gum detachment and bone loss, creating deep “pockets” around each tooth.

We carefully measure and screen for gum pockets during each checkup, so that we can intercept periodontal infections during the earliest stages. With professional care and good oral hygiene, we can prevent the tissue detachment from becoming more severe. A series of deep cleanings may be necessary.

Aggressive gum disease will typically require further steps, such as gum surgery, bone grafts, or laser therapy. Otherwise, the tissue deterioration will lead to tooth mobility and loss. That’s not even mentioning the health implications it also plays a role in.

If you’re showing signs of gum disease or gingivitis, it’s time for a dental exam. Call Dental Care Center at Kennestone today.

Posted on behalf of Dental Care Center at Kennestone

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Dental Care Center at Kennestone

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Angie W.

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!

Olivia

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!! :)

Mark P.

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.

Nancy M.

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!