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Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease. This is a serious inflammation and potential infection of the gum tissues caused by poor oral hygiene complications. It needlessly afflicts the oral health of millions of Americans every year. Basic yet consistent oral hygiene habits are absolutely essential for the prevention of gum disease.

Patiently brushing each individual tooth and having a concentrated flossing technique can go a long way in removing plaque and food material from your mouth before it hardens into tartar. Attending your biannual dental checkup at our clinic will remove tartar and monitor the overall health of your mouth.

Early signs of gum disease typically include red or inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing as well as problems with chronic bad breath.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment for diagnosis and professional treatment.

With early intervention, the initial stage of gum disease, which is known as gingivitis, can often be remediated by a dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene practices. If you delay seeking professional care, gingivitis will gradually worsen into periodontitis.

This level of infection in the gum tissues can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth. This enables pockets of infection to form deep within the gum tissues. In time, it can even cause a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth.

Potential systemic inflammation related to gum disease can also impact your immune system. New and continuing research has found that this can be related to other medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

If you live in the Alpharetta, GA, area and you’re concerned about gum disease, you should call 770-343-6565 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Harvey or Dr. Choy.