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Gum Disease Specialist

Hometown Family Dental Centers -  - Dentist

Hometown Family Dental Centers

Dentists located in Fayetteville, NC, Vass, NC & Raeford, NC

Gum disease can lead to bad breath, oral infections, and even tooth loss. If you're struggling with gum disease, Hometown Family Dental Centers can help. Most cases of gum disease can be successfully treated with in-office cleanings. Regular exams and screenings can also help stop gum disease in its tracks. Hometown Family Dental Centers offers a wide range of dental treatments to improve your smile and has several convenient locations in Fayetteville, Raeford, and Vass, North Carolina. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Gum Disease Q & A

What causes gum disease?

Your mouth is home to many different kinds of bacteria. While much of these bacteria are harmless, some of it can damage your teeth and gums. Good dental hygiene helps keep these bacteria in check. Neglecting to brush and floss allows harmful bacteria to flourish.

Some medical conditions can also increase your risk of gum disease. Conditions like diabetes can damage your immune system and make you more prone to infections. Pregnancy can also affect your oral health. If you have any long-term medical condition, ask your dentist whether these conditions put you at risk for gum disease.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Symptoms of gum disease may include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding from gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Mouth sores
  • Pus around gums

Gum disease is a progressive condition. Unless you receive treatment, your symptoms will worsen. Over time, gum disease can lead to severe infections or tooth loss. Fortunately, proper dental care can usually resolve gum disease.

How is gum disease treated?

Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of preventing and treating gum disease. During dental exams at Hometown Family Dental Centers, your dentist or hygienist carefully examines your gums. Then they thoroughly clean your teeth to remove plaque near the gumline.

Regular cleanings and good oral hygiene are often enough to halt early gum disease. But if your gum disease is advanced, you may need additional treatments. In-depth dental cleanings can help remove plaque and bacteria from below the gumline. Surgery or antibiotics can also help resolve severe gum infections.

How can I protect against gum disease?

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day helps keep your gums healthy. Your dentist may also suggest using mouthwash to kill bacteria and flush away debris. Seeing your dentist twice a year also ensures that your teeth and gums stay in good shape.

A healthy lifestyle is another essential part of maintaining your oral health. Avoid sugary drinks like soda. If you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, ask your doctor for advice on how to quit. Using tobacco increases your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and oral health.

Do you have swollen or bleeding gums? You might be suffering from gum disease. Call Hometown Family Dental Centers today or schedule an appointment online.