Is Gum Disease Preventable?

Is Gum Disease Preventable?

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Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems in today’s World, mostly due to the fact that most people don’t realize that they have it. According to global statistics, nearly half of the adults in the Western World are suffering from some form of gum disease. Although many of them aren’t still suffering from gum disease per se, they might have it sometime in the future due to their lack of proper oral hygiene.

Even though gum disease is a very common dental issue it is also one of the most preventable. It starts as what it seems a minor infection of the gum tissues (Gingivitis) caused by the build-up of bacteria in your mouth, you can stop gingivitis by having good oral hygiene. When gingivitis is left untreated it can quickly develop into an incurable gum disease, which leaves you with a rather narrow window to treat the infection before it turns into a full gum disease. As we mentioned above you can prevent all of this by having a good dental hygiene at home and scheduling regular appointments with your dentist in Chapel Hill NC.

Before you can start preventing gum disease, firstly you need to know what it is, symptoms, treatments, and the many ways you can avoid it.

If you need a dentist near me for a consultation, call Dr. Durusky from Cornerstone Dentistry at (919) 595-1010 to schedule an appointment.


Gum disease is more commonly known as Periodontitis or as the dental professionals call it Periodontal Disease. It starts with an excessive buildup of bacteria in your mouth and if it isn’t properly treated it could lead to tooth loss.

The first step towards gum disease is gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the gum line, even though not all cases of gingivitis leads to gum disease it is important to treat it at once.


  • Hormonal changes
  • Illnesses
  • Medications
  • Bad habits
  • Poor oral hygiene


If you’ve been noticing a little bit of blood in your sink while you are brushing your teeth, it’s an early indication that you might have gum disease. Studies have shown that gingivitis and periodontitis increase the risk of getting diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, pneumonia, and several forms of cancer. As you can see, early detection is key.

Knowing what to look for is the best way to identify the problem and treated in time if you notice any of the following set up an appointment with your dentist soon:

  • Swollen red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Shifting teeth


Your dentist’s priority will be to control the infection from spreading, they will inspect the area to figure out where to start.

  • Deep cleaning: the first course of treatment for gum disease is conducting an in-depth cleaning.
  • Medication: sadly there is no magic pill that will cure gum disease, however, as part of the treatment your dentist may prescribe:
      • Antiseptics
      • Antibiotic gels
      • Enzyme suppressant
      • Oral antibiotics
      • Surgery. (Worst-case scenario)
      • Gum graft surgery
      • Flap surgery


In its early stages, gum disease is painless, therefore it can easily reach an advanced stage before people notice there is something going on resulting in the deterioration of the gums, weakening the bone structure, and tooth loss.

Brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular appointments with your dentist is good enough to remove the plaque minimizing the risks of suffering from gum disease.

Here are a few tips you can follow:

  • 3 three minutes teeth brushing sessions
  • Floss Daily
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Avoid bad habits. (Cigarettes, alcohol, etc.)
  • Preventive care

If you follow these tips you can stop bacteria from building up in your mouth causing plaque and tartar which ultimately lead up to gum disease. There is no way around it unless you change your oral hygiene habits for the better, you will most likely develop gum disease sometime in the near future, a small price to pay to prevent a condition that has no cure yet.

Dr. Durusky of Cornerstone Dentistry offers cosmetic dental implants in Chapel Hill. For a free consultation call (919) 595-1010 to schedule an appointment.

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If you have any questions about our dental services, please contact Cornerstone Chapel Hill Family Dentistry at:

Mail: 401 Providence Road Suite 101 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 595-1010