Healthy gums are vital for strong teeth. But gum disease can impact more than just your oral health. The bacterial infection that is causing the gum disease can enter your bloodstream and impact areas outside of your mouth. Blood clots and heart attacks could be linked to this disease. This is why, in addition to preventing tooth rot and decay, taking care of your gums is essential for your overall health. At White Dental, we provide extensive periodontal disease treatment to our patients in the Holly Ridge, Surf City and Sneads Ferry, NC areas.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

When plaque gathers in the tiny areas between your teeth and gums, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria. When bacteria build up, it can create an infection that attacks the tissue responsible for securing your teeth to your gums. Bacteria have a 90-day growth cycle in the mouth. They never stop growing! That’s why it is so important to schedule regular cleanings with your dental hygienist.

It’s important to understand that periodontal disease does not just impact your gums but all of the tissues supporting the structures around your teeth. These include your gums, ligaments, bones and the tissue covering the root of your teeth. If left unchecked, you could experience significant rot and decay. The good news is that it’s fairly simple to prevent the disease with a good home oral hygiene routine and just a few cleaning sessions with your dentist!

Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek treatment:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums, particularly after brushing or flossing
  • Consistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums


Did you know that there are only four ways to lose your teeth? Three of these causes are diseases, and the last is due to breakage or damage. While accidents that cause broken teeth can be prevented with mouthguards and taking precaution, diseases can be prevented by good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. At White Dental, we can effectively prevent and treat the diseases that lead to tooth loss while helping to strengthen and improve the function of your bite.

Gum Disease Treatment & Care

The good news is that periodontal disease is treatable. Dr. White will create a plan that will restore your gums to a healthier state. This may involve a deep cleaning underneath the gum line that removes built-up plaque.

If you have any of the symptoms above, please contact us to schedule an appointment.