Dental One Associates of Columbia
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 410, Columbia, MD 21044

Don’t Let Gum Disease Steal Your Smile

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Gum disease or periodontal disease is caused by bacterial infection of the gums and supportive tissues that surround your teeth. It’s the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. The problem begins when a sticky, bacteria-laden film called plaque forms on the surface of your teeth. Mild cases, called gingivitis, may resolve with treatment, but aggressive periodontitis can result in rapid destruction of tissue and bone that causes permanent teeth to loosen. The disease can affect isolated areas or your entire mouth. Researchers are currently investigating possible links between gum disease and serious medical problems like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Warning Signs of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath or unpleasant tastes
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that are pulling away from teeth
  • Changes in natural bite or in the way dentures fit

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

  • Genetic tendencies
  • Poor oral hygiene practices
  • Tobacco use
  • Crooked teeth or teeth that are too close together
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal imbalances in women
  • Medications such as steroids, cancer therapies, calcium channel blockers, anti-seizure drugs and oral contraceptives

Keep Those Dental Appointments

Your gums may become diseased without any warning signs; this is why scheduling regular dental check-ups is so important. Treatment options depend on the type of gum disease and how advanced it has become. Keeping your teeth healthy and clean with twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, healthy eating habits, and professional dental care will prevent periodontal problems from causing early tooth loss. If you have symptoms that suggest gum inflammation or infection, see your dentist as soon as possible. Early treatment of gum disease delivers the best results.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Columbia.

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Another great visit @ Dental One. Kudos to my dental hygienist Maxine for her being so good at what she does. She has a clear passion for patient care and well-being, and really enjoys her job. She […]
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The staff, from the frontdesk to the dentists, periodontists, hygenists are very courteous, very friendly, gentle and contributed in significant ways in making my experience different from the […]
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Absolutely every staff member I interacted with, from the time I arrived to the time I left, was absolutely very nice, respectful and extremely professional yet friendly.
Sibeso J.
OMG. I love my new teeth. I had a total mouth reconstruction by Dr. Wright. It was a long process but worth it. I have beautiful teeth and I just can’t stop smiling.
Kole M.
Overall friendliness of the staff. Thorough explanation of future treatment and why it needs to be done.
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Dr Burrow’s made me feel comfortable. She was humming a song the entire time she extracted my tooth.
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  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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