About Gum Disease -Southern Pines. NC

When Bleeding Gums and Bad Breath Are Signs of Something More

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Half of American adults...

Half of American adults suffer from gum disease. Gum disease is the result of bacteria in the mouth that cause inflammation and redness swollen gums. Proper oral hygiene, including a dental care routine that involves regular brushing and flossing, can remove these bacteria and other particles that create plaque, which hardens on the teeth and becomes difficult to remove. However, the longer this plaque is on the teeth, the more dangerous it becomes, causing infection.

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Regularly visiting with our Periodontist, Dr. Steven Van Scoyoc, can help maintain the health of your smile. As a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, and only Periodontist in Moore County, Dr. Van Scoyoc is uniquely qualified to diagnose, treat and prevent gum disease.

Effects of Gum Disease

Swelling, gum recession and the risk of tooth loss are all effects of gum disease, but did you know that gum disease may also be linked to systemic illnesses? The disease-causing bacteria in the gums have access to the blood stream, and without treatment they can start to travel to other areas of the body, which could contribute to:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Certain Types of Cancer


Planning for Dental Implants

Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement, but for successful long-term placement they require healthy gums and bone. In most cases, gum disease must be treated prior to the placement of dental implants.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Many people may not even know they have gum disease, but if you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be time to visit Dr. Van Scoyoc:

  • Bad Breath (Halitosis)
  • Red, Swollen Gums
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Loose or Shifting Teeth
  • Receding Gums

A healthy mouth and healthy body are just a phone call away