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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.

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 gums
  • 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

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 help patients hailing from Belmont and the surrounding communities in NC 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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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.

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 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.

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What Are the Treatment Options For Periodontal Disease?

Depending on the severity of your gum disease, several treatment options can be used to restore the health of your gums and teeth. Treatments our dentists perform include:


Your periodontist may be able to treat your gum disease with local antibiotics that eliminate the bacteria causing decay. While antibiotics alone may be enough to reverse the progression of your condition, they can be used in combination with other treatments.

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Scaling and Root Planing

Also referred to as periodontal deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is a two-part procedure used to treat gum disease. You receive a thorough cleaning above and below the gum line to remove bacteria, tartar, and plaque. Then, the tooth roots are smoothed to prevent bacteria from accumulating and help the gums reattach.

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 root scaling and planing don’t 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 smooth to prevent bacteria from growing, and your gums are sutured in a way that minimizes pocket depth.

Gum graft

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.

Bone regeneration

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, Christopher Maino, Ashley Starr, Dr. James Clark, and Dr. Matthew Rodda 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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