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Non-Surgical Gum Care

An infection in the gums can cause them to bleed when you brush and floss. If your gums feel puffy and swollen, too, your condition requires treatment as the infection can spread to your teeth and structures in your jawbone. Dr. Kellye N. Rice diagnoses and treats gingivitis and periodontal disease at Cool Springs Laser Dentistry. She helps families in the area of Brentwood, Tennessee, with prevention, too. Make an appointment today using the online scheduling tool or by calling our office.

Non-Surgical Gum Care Q & A
Cool Springs Laser Dentistry

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease includes any infection that invades the structures around your teeth. Irritation of your gums, known as gingivitis, is the start of periodontal disease. If left untreated, it can spread to the cementum that covers your tooth roots, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone.
If allowed to progress, these supporting tooth structures break down, and your teeth become loose and sometimes need to be extracted.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Daily flossing and brushing go a long way in preventing the development of periodontal disease. Regular visits to Cool Laser Dentistry for professional cleanings are also an important preventive measure. Dr. Rice recommends you come in once every six months, but you may need to visit more often if you already have gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Personal oral hygiene helps prevent disease because it scrubs away the plaque that harbors bacteria. Professional cleanings get at places you just can’t reach with a regular toothbrush or floss.
When plaque builds up along the gum line, or underneath it, it starts the process of gum disease. Your gums become inflamed, swell, and may feel tender.

Why do I have gum disease if I brush and floss regularly?

Sometimes, even when you do all the right things, you can still develop periodontal disease. Certain bacteria can be present but may remain in a dormant state as long as your immune system is working well. Then, when you’re subject to subtle stresses that tax your immune system, it sets in motion a chain reaction that results in the development of gum disease, among other illnesses.
Some people have a genetic predisposition to harboring the bacteria that is responsible for periodontal disease. Keep up with your regular professional cleanings and checkups so if problems do arise, they’re taken care of in a timely manner so you experience no tooth decay or loss.

What are the complications of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease affects your overall health. It may have a connection to such conditions as:
  • Heart disease
  • Premature births
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory disease
The health of the teeth is paramount to the health of your entire body.


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  • "I found everyone at this practice to be exceptionally professional, pleasant, and helpful. This level of care is superior, and the staff goes above and beyond."
    KELLY T.
  • "Highly recommend! Did not feel like I was being treated with a "cookie cutter" solution to a dental issue. Greatly appreciated!"
    CINDY R.
  • "Making the decision to go to this practice was a wise move. Everyone is professional and friendly. They are thorough and explain everything to you."
    SAM M.
  • "I always feel at ease when I'm in the dental chair. She makes sure that I am comfortable at all times and that I am not in any pain whatsoever."
    HALEY R.
  • ""Been going their since 2005. She completely reversed my early gum disease and corrected my poorly done old crowns and later helping me on the cosmetic side."
    ROB A.