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Gum Disease

Gum disease can slowly progress into a serious problem that takes a toll on your overall health.

Fortunately, there are several effective therapies that can treat gum disease before it reaches the most advanced stages.

South Point Family Dentistry in Belmont, NC, can provide you with preventative care and periodontal treatment you can rely on.

Understanding Gum Disease

Bacterial growth in your mouth can lead to periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Gum disease starts as gingivitis and progresses to advanced periodontitis. While it is typically preventable with routine checkups, in-office cleanings, and a proper at-home oral care routine, it’s crucial to turn to our experienced dentists when it’s time for more effective solutions.

Gingivitis can usually be reversed with adequate brushing and flossing, although advanced periodontitis will require professional treatment.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

Being familiar with the signs of gingivitis and advanced periodontal disease is critical in restoring your oral health and promoting your general wellness.

Warning Signs of Gingivitis

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Receding gum tissue
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath

Warning Signs of Advanced Periodontitis

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss
  • Changes in your bite
If you notice symptoms of periodontitis, get in touch with us as soon as possible. A timely appointment can help prevent widespread damage.

Promote Periodontal Health With Our Practice in Belmont, NC

Gum disease—including gingivitis—can severely impact your oral health, which means it’s important to seek treatment if you suffer from the condition.

Our dentists, Drs. Gary McCor and Ashley Starr, help patients from our Belmont dental office by providing comprehensive treatment for periodontal disease. With our help, you can enjoy full functionality and a healthy smile for years to come!

For more information or to request a consultation, get in touch with us today!

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Tonya Bradley

Belmont, NC


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I have been scared to go to the dentist for a while but they are absolutely amazing here. Katie was very patient with me and made 100% sure I was comfortable the entire time. I will never go to another dentist besides South point family dentistry. All of the staff are so kind.

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Greg Erickson

Belmont, NC


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This place fixed my dental issues when I relocated to this area in 2016. They will take good care of you. This practice will attend to your dental health and will make sure that you are comfortable. All of the staff members have a smile and they want you to leave on a happy feeling!

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Gum Disease Risk Factors

There are various risk factors that may contribute to the development or progression of periodontal disease, including:

  • Age: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 70% of adults 65 years of age or older have periodontal disease.
  • Tobacco use: Smoking has been linked to oral cancer and other health complications, including gum disease.
  • Systemic diseases: Diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis can compromise the body’s immune system.
  • Certain medications: Anti-depressants and some heart medicines can cause dry mouth, which can ultimately lead to gum disease.

If you are wondering if you’re at risk or begin to experience symptoms of periodontal disease, get in touch with us as soon as possible to discuss your potential treatment options.

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Reginald B

Belmont, NC


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I had a wonderful and informative experience. Amber and Dr. Starr were great. I'm a stickler on professionalism and presentation and they had both plus some. Highly recommended.

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Rose “Puppeteer” Reaper

Belmont, NC


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Everyone there is super friendly and communicative! You always know what's going on and what the plan is. I especially love my doctor, Dr. Ashley Starr. I feel super cared for and in control when I do procedures and check-ups with her and the dental assistants.

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Procedures for Advanced Cases

Our periodontists prioritize your comfort by treating gum disease with noninvasive methods. However, certain causes may require more advanced procedures to address complications that gum disease may have caused. Some restorative treatments we perform for our patients include:
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Pocket Reduction

When scaling and root planing aren't enough to treat periodontitis effectively, you may be a candidate for pocket reduction. This procedure removes bacteria trapped between teeth and gums as well as diseased gum tissue. Your teeth roots can be smoothed to prevent bacteria from growing, and your gums are sutured in a way that minimizes pocket depth.

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Gum Graft

Gum recession can result in tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, exposed roots, and pockets between the tooth and gum. A gum graft can restore your gumline and protect your teeth after gum recession.

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Bone Regeneration

Bone loss can occur as periodontitis progresses. We can use bone—or a material similar to bone—to bolster weakened areas in your jaw, preventing further bone loss and health complications it can cause. If a missing tooth has resulted in bone loss, grafting can make you eligible for implants.

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South Point Family Dentistry

Drs. Gary McCord, Ashley Starr, Matthew Rodda, and Andrew Price are highly trained dentists who combine advanced training and compassionate care to help patients of all ages achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. They are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry

We work with most insurance plans and offer financing. To visit our office, request an appointment online or call us at (704) 825-5111.

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