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Gum Disease Treatment – Summerfield, NC

Healthier Gums
for a Safer Smile

The next time you look in your bathroom mirror, check your gums; are they looking redder or more swollen than normal? Also, are you constantly finding small amounts of blood on your toothbrush or your dental floss? These are all warning signs of gum disease, and you should have the infection treated as soon as you can before more serious symptoms (including tooth loss) develop. Call Magnolia Shores Family Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Parry for gum disease treatment in Summerfield, NC.

Why Choose Magnolia Shores Family Dental for Gum Disease Treatment?

Increased risks factors associated with

Periodontal Disease

Chronic pain can harm our health, our state of mind, and our relationships(both professional and personal) over time. Starting with better diagnosis,orofacial pain is best managed non-surgically with conservative therapy. If you’re tired of temporary relief and want to resolve these issues once and for all, let our team lend a helping hand.


Guests with periodontal disease have been shown to suffer from strokes much more often compared to those with relatively healthy mouths.

Cardiovascular Diseases

Many scientists believe that the oral bacteria responsible for gum disease can enter the bloodstream and negatively affect the health of the vascular system.

Chronic Respiratory Disease

Harmful bacteria in the mouth can easily enter the respiratory system and cause infection.

Infertility & Pregnancy Risks

Periodontal disease has been shown to increase the likelihood of low-birthweight, infertility, and other pregnancy problems.


Bone loss caused by osteoporosis can be accelerated in the mouth due to periodontal disease, leading to an extremely high chance of tooth loss.


Diabetes and periodontal disease have a cyclical relationship, as the presence of one can cause the other to become worse and make diabetes extremely damaging and difficult to manage.

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

Recent studies have found that certain types of bacteria related to periodontal disease were also present in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s, suggesting a possible causal relationship.


The presence of advanced gum disease has been associated with higher risks of developing several dangerous cancers, including lung, esophageal, pancreatic, and even breast cancer.

Silouette of woman with dots marking areas where periodontal disease impacts body

Scaling & Root Planing

Dentist performing scaling and root planing periodontal therapy

When gum disease has become advanced to the point where deep, bacteria-filled pockets form between the teeth and gums, scaling and root planing are recommended. Scaling is the process of removing plaque, bacterial toxins, and tartar from the teeth as well as their roots. After that, root planing is used to smooth out all the rough areas on the roots’ surfaces. (This is because bacteria can reattach themselves more easily to rough spots.)

Antibiotic Therapy

Woman taking antibiotic pill

Following scaling and root planing, we can continue to fight the presence of bacteria in your mouth with antibiotics. There are a few different kinds of medication we might use. For example, Arestin is made of thousands of microspheres that are placed in periodontal pockets that gradually release bacteria-fighting medication over time. CariFree products also contain antimicrobial agents that can help keep infections under control. Under specific circumstances, we might prescribe systemic antibiotics.

Inflammation Reduction Protocol

Woman smiling after inflammation reduction protocol

Inflammation is one of the primary symptoms of gum disease, and it’s also a precursor for many, many serious health issues that appear throughout the body, ranging from cancer to heart disease. By closely monitoring any inflammation in a guest’s gums, treating it, and determining what is causing it in the first place, our team can help a guest improve their oral health while also protecting their overall health at the same time. This is accomplished using routine exams, OralDNA testing, pathogen testing, and targeted periodontal cleanings.

Periodontal Surgery

Dentist performing periodontal surgery

While we’ll do everything we can to treat gum disease in its earliest stages, you may need surgery if an advanced infection has damaged the underlying bone. Periodontal surgery might involve making a small cut in the gum tissue so that we can remove tartar and bacteria that have built up underneath. If a significant amount of gum or bone tissue has been lost, grafts might be needed. In any case, the overall goal of the procedure will be to repair the damage that has already been done while stopping the infection from spreading further.

Periodontal Maintenance

Patient receiving periodontal maintenance

Once you’ve had gum disease that has caused significant damage, regular checkups and cleanings will not be enough to maintain your oral health. Instead, you’ll need periodontal maintenance performed multiple times a year (usually every 3 or 4 months). During these visits, the entire length of each tooth is thoroughly cleaned, right down to the area where the root, gum, and bone meet. Frequent appointments give us a chance to monitor the levels of bacteria in your mouth and remove buildup as necessary.

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