Patterson Family Dentistry


1202 Cleo Way · Dalton, Georgia

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Periodontal Health

Your gums perform an important function in your body. They protect and provide support for the teeth, as well as provide blood flow to the jaw bone and tooth structures.

Your Preventive Dentistry Team
Our hygiene team plays a vital role in our practice - they are the front line of support to help maintain the health of your smile. At each preventive visit, our hygienists and Dr. Patterson will take any necessary digital xrays and measure your gums to look for signs of periodontal (gum) disease.

Periodontal disease is a progressive disease that begins when bacteria penetrate and grow beneath the gums.

  • As the disease spreads, gum tissue and eventually bone become infected and are destroyed.
  • If left untreated, periodontal disease will break down enough bone and gum tissue to cause the teeth in the affected area to become loose and eventually fall out.

Periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults.
Because it typically does not hurt, it often goes unnoticed by the patient.

  • Periodontal disease is actually more common and presents a greater level of risk of damage to adult teeth than tooth decay.
Common signs of periodontal disease are bleeding and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, and receding gums.

Periodontal disease is linked to overall health.

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  • Stress, smoking and poor nutrition can be contributing factors to gum disease.
  • Recent studies also indicate that there is a link between the bacteria that cause periodontal disease and increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and preterm low birth weight.

Dental treatment of periodontal disease:
If detected early through regular dental visits, periodontal disease can often be treated with nonsurgical gum treatments supported by effective home care and medicated mouth rinses.

  • We may refer you to a gum specialist, or Periodontist, if you have advanced periodontal disease.

Protect your oral health. Contact Us to schedule your complete dental examination and learn how to prevent periodontal disease.

FRANK W. PATTERSON, JR., DDS   ·  1202 CLEO WAY, SUITE 1   ·   DALTON, GEORGIA 30722 · PH. 706.278.2553


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