Despite its overwhelming prevalence, gum disease can be difficult to understand. That is why the entire month of September has been selected as National Gum Care Month. Taking a little bit of time to learn about gum disease can do your health some good in the long run. Here are some of the basics you can brush up on.  

 1. What Causes It?  
Gum disease can develop for a number of reasons. Not brushing and flossing regularly is a common cause, and smoking tobacco can also increase a person’s risk. Other health factors such as heart disease and diabetes can increase the likelihood of developing gum disease in Atlanta, GA. Other times, gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is simply a result of being genetically predisposed.  

2. What Are the Symptoms?  
Experiencing even a single symptom of gum disease is reason to schedule an appointment with our periodontist. Some people will not display any symptoms at all, and that can be particularly dangerous if it advances into later stages. Some warning signs include:

  • Gum recession
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Change in the bite
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Mouth sores
  • Pus around teeth

3. How Is It Treated?  
Treatment for gum disease will really depend on how far it has advanced. Mild gingivitis can sometimes be treated with a simple cleaning. Gum disease that has advanced, typically referred to as periodontitis, will require further measures. Our office offers minimally-invasive techniques using modern laser technology, to restore a healthy oral environment. What’s best, this type of procedure requires little downtime and the side effects include minimal-to-no bleeding or swelling.

Get the Care You Need  
Schedule a time to visit the office of Dr. Gregg Codelli this September if it has been a while since your teeth and gums were examined by a professional. We can get your gums to look and feel great once again. Call us to schedule your appointment today.