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The most common cause of tooth loss is gum or periodontal disease. An estimated 50% of adults over the age of thirty have some level of gum disease that is impacting their oral and overall health. Not only does periodontal disease threaten tooth health, but it can also increase risks for serious health concerns like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. At Hollon Dental, we offer effective treatment for gum disease at our dental center in Mobile, AL.

Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is directly linked to oral hygiene, but it can be affected by other health conditions. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue from bacteria, which can lead to deterioration of the gum tissue and bone in the jaw. Gum disease starts with bacteria feeding on food debris on and in between the teeth. The formation of plaque and tartar are evidence of the bacteria at work, which can irritate and affect the gum tissues around the teeth. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Swollen or red gum tissue
  • Bleeding gums, usually when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Pockets around the teeth in the gum tissue
  • Receding gums

During checkups and dental cleanings, our dental hygienists and dentists look for the tell-tale signs of gingivitis and gum disease. In the early stages, gum disease can be reversed with treatment. Even in the later stages, treatment for gum disease can stop the deteriorating of the gums and bone to prevent tooth loss.

Treatment for periodontal disease depends on the stage. Early on, simply increasing the frequency of dental cleanings and using medication to fight the bacterial infection can stop the disease. More advanced stages may require scaling and root planing to remove tartar from below the gum line, or other, more invasive treatments, to control the infection.

Gum disease and gingivitis can be prevented or treated with regular visits to the dentist and at-home oral health care. Hollon Dental offers effective prevention against gum disease and periodontal disease treatment at our practice in Mobile, AL. Contact our dental office today to book your next checkup.

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Our Patient Reviews

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John R.

Friendly staff, Great hygienists, and awesome dentist. Highly recommend all around.

Larry D.

I always enjoy my visit! Everyone is friendly and accommodating. I especially enjoy my hygienist who is very entertaining while my teeth are being cleaned. I believe the low key approach by Dr Hollon fits me just right. More like talking to a friend than a doctor. Keep up the great work!

Anita D.

Dr Hollon is probably the best dentist I've ever been to. He was very attentive to my needs and as gentle as you can be when pulling a tooth. His staff was excellent in what they do and very friendly. I have found my new dentist!!

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