Dental Services

Gum Disease in Greensboro

Many adults in Greensboro, NC, have periodontal disease or gingivitis - ranging from slight inflammation of the gums to seriously damaged gums, teeth, and mouth bones that hold the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for dental patients. Persistent bad breath, loose teeth, inflamed gums, sensitive gums, or gums that bleed easily are warning signs that you may have periodontal disease.

A bacterial tooth infection, gum disease can be treated easily if identified in early stages. Gum disease can be caused by excessive plaque buildup, smoking, changes in metabolism or hormone levels, or even medical conditions (such as diabetes or kidney conditions). Unfortunately, when plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens into tartar that only a professional cleaning will remove. If plaque and tartar are not removed, they begin spreading below the gum line, which pulls away from the teeth. Bacteria can thrive in the space that's created between the gums and teeth, causing bad breath, painful or sensitive gums, and loose teeth.

You Can Slow or Stop the Progression of Gum Disease

Getting professional dental care in Greensboro at Dr. Welch's dental office, along with following a rigorous dental health program on your own, can slow or stop the progression of gum disease, periodontal disease or gingivitis. Please call Dr. Welch's dental staff in Greensboro if you are having any of these dental issues when you come in for your regular dental visits. We'll do everything we can to help you restore your gums to health, reduce gum pain and sensitivity, and avoid tooth loss if at all possible. And if your gum disease is advanced, we will refer you to a periodontist we trust to offer you the best possible care for your teeth.

Some People are More Likely to Get Gum Disease.

If one of your close blood relations has periodontal disease, it may mean you're more susceptible to the gum disease, even if you are currently experiencing no symptoms of gum inflammation. So be sure to tell Dr. Welch at your next dental checkup if someone in your family has gum disease. We'll be sure to monitor you closely, possibly recommending more frequent dental checkups, teeth cleanings, and other preventative dental care to help you avoid getting gum disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it common for gums to bleed when the dentist cleans them?
What are the signs of gum disease? Can gum disease be reversed?
What causes gum disease? What are some risk factors for periodontal disease?
Is there a link between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease?
Is there a link between Periodontal Disease and Kidney Disease?
Is Gingivitis Contagious? Is Gum Disease Contagious?
What is gingivitis? What is gum disease?
What can I do to prevent gingivitis and gum disease?
If You Have Questions, or Would Like to Make an Appointment, Call 336.288.4499

If you're having concerns about gum disease in the Greensboro area or would like more information about periodontal disease or other services, we welcome your questions. Scott A.Welch, DDS, is conveniently located in the Brassfield Professional Center off of New Garden Road in Greensboro, NC. Call us today at 336.288.4499 to make an appointment.