Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue
529 E Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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If your dentist finds that you have gum disease, you’ll join millions of people across the world in fighting one of the most common dental problems. Gum disease, which includes the milder gingivitis and the more advanced periodontitis, is the leading cause of premature tooth loss in adults. Fortunately, if discovered early, it is highly treatable. You can start your recovery by understanding why periodontal problems develop in the first place.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Gum inflammation begins when a sticky, bacteria-filled substance called plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss properly, plaque bacteria cause inflammation and redness known as gingivitis. At this stage, the damage is often reversible. If left untreated, it will eventually progress. Bacterial toxins and the efforts of your immune system to battle the infection can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth and form pockets. Called periodontitis, this advanced form of gum disease involves the connective tissues and bones that hold your teeth in place.

What Are the Risk Factors?

While anyone can develop gum disease, the following factors may increase your risk:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes, cancer, AIDS, or immune diseases
  • Family history of gum problems
  • Medications that reduce saliva flow
  • Hormonal changes

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Red, swollen, or sore gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that are receding or teeth that appear longer
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic bad breath

What Treatments Are Available? 



One or more of the following professional treatments for gum disease may be required, depending on the severity of the problem:

  • Gum surgery
  • Professional scaling and root planing
  • Oral antibiotics or gels
  • Antimicrobial mouth rinses
  • Smoking cessation

By following a strict dental care routine, you can keep your gums healthy. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist in Downtown Detroit for routine check-ups and professional dental cleanings.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Downtown Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue today at (313) 879-4769 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Downtown Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue.

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Great experience for the office on Jefferson.. I didn’t have to wait long at all in and out all Employees are professional from Dr to Assistants… This will be my dentist going forward. […]
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