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From Gingivitis to Periodontitis: Can You Recognize the Progression of Gum Disease?

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Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is a common and treatable condition marked by inflammation of the gums. It serves as a critical warning sign that your oral health requires immediate attention. Without proper intervention, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and other significant health issues. Dr. Mitzi Morris, a renowned dentist in Roswell, emphasizes the importance of recognizing the transition from gingivitis to periodontitis to protect your oral health and overall well-being. Here’s how to tell if your gingivitis has escalated and the steps you can take to address it.

Signs Your Gingivitis May Have Progressed to Periodontitis

  1. Increased Gum Inflammation: While gingivitis causes mild gum inflammation and redness, periodontitis involves more severe swelling, redness, and bleeding, even during gentle brushing or flossing.
  2. Gum Recession: One of the hallmark signs of periodontitis is gum recession, where the gums pull away or recede from the teeth, creating pockets. These pockets can harbor harmful bacteria, leading to further infection and damage.
  3. Changes in Bite or Tooth Alignment: As periodontitis progresses, the support structures of the teeth (including bone) can be affected, leading to changes in how your teeth fit together when you bite, or causing your teeth to feel loose.
  4. Persistent Bad Breath: While bad breath can be a symptom of gingivitis, chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing or mouthwash can be a sign of periodontitis, due to the accumulation of bacteria in gum pockets.
  5. Pus Between Teeth and Gums: The presence of pus between your teeth and gums is a clear indicator of an advanced infection, signaling that gingivitis has progressed to periodontitis.

Taking Action with Dr. Mitzi Morris

Recognizing these symptoms early and seeking prompt dental care is crucial to preventing the progression of gum disease. Dr. Mitzi Morris and her team in Roswell are equipped with the expertise and technology to diagnose and treat periodontitis effectively, employing a range of services tailored to your specific needs:

  • Professional Cleaning and Scaling: Removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line is the first step in treating periodontitis. In some cases, a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing may be necessary.
  • Antibacterial Treatments: To combat infection, Dr. Morris may recommend antibacterial mouth rinses or even prescribe oral antibiotics to help eliminate the bacteria causing the disease.
  • Laser Gum Therapy: For more advanced cases of periodontitis, laser gum therapy can be an effective, less invasive treatment option to remove diseased tissue and promote healing.
  • Ongoing Maintenance and Care: Following initial treatment, regular dental checkups and cleanings become even more important to prevent the recurrence of periodontitis.

Gum Disease Prevention is Key

Preventing gingivitis from progressing to periodontitis is ideally achieved through regular dental hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and maintaining routine dental checkups with Dr. Mitzi Morris. Healthy lifestyle choices, such as a balanced diet and quitting smoking, also play a significant role in maintaining gum health.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease or are concerned about your oral health, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Mitzi Morris in Roswell. With a comprehensive approach to gum disease treatment and a commitment to personalized care, Dr. Morris and her team are dedicated to restoring and maintaining your oral health for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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