Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores
26210 Harper Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

Gum Disease – A Quick Guide

gum disease

Gum disease is a common condition that leads to tooth loss. Bacteria contained in plaque and tartar causes inflammation and infection both superficially and beneath the gum line. Without proper treatment, the condition progresses until teeth become loose and fall out. Symptoms of early gum disease include red, tender, or puffy gums, persistent bad breath, bleeding during brushing or flossing, receding gums, changes in bite, and the formation of deep, infected pockets between teeth and gums.

Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis

There are two basic stages of gum disease. Gingivitis only affects gum tissue. When the infection and inflammation spreads to the bone, the condition has progressed to periodontitis.

Underlying Causes of Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene is the predominant cause of gum disease. Other causes include hormonal changes, certain illnesses and medications, smoking, and heredity.

Professional Gum Disease Treatments

Family dentistry professionals can provide medicated rinses, antibiotics, and procedures like root planing or deep cleaning to treat gum disease. In severe cases, gum surgery may be necessary.

Find an Affordable Dentist and Protect Your Gums

Anyone working in family dentistry will tell you that gum disease is largely preventable with regular dental care. Start by maintaining good oral hygiene. Brush carefully twice a day or more, and floss daily. Use an antibacterial mouth rinse to kill oral bacteria. Other ways to improve your oral health include avoiding tobacco, reducing stress, eating a healthy diet, and not grinding or clenching your teeth. For the best plaque control, have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. If you don’t have dental insurance, find an affordable dentist in St. Clair Shores who offers discounted dental care or a payment plan.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, 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 Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores. 

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Such an amazing staff all around. Kathy, Dr. Ascano and Dr. Duan are all so knowledgeable and kind. They made me feel so comfortable even though I was a pain to them and have a crazy fear of the […]
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Dr. Duan, Kathy … and the entire staff make you feel relaxed and confident in the fact that you are in the hands of true professionals that care about you.
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Every visit here has been great. The staff is amazing. I appreciate the great atmosphere and the beyond amazing job everyone here does! Cathy is the absolute best!!!
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Very gentle and thoroughly explained all the things going on with my teeth. Itemized all costs and explained why I needed certain services. Created a game plan with me instead of dictated a plan. […]
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The customer service was great, from the moment I arrived all the way to the end. The dentist made my daughter feel very comfortable. The service was excellent and I truly loved it the experience was […]
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Dr. Ascano is very caring and personable. He really makes a point to get to know his patients. The staff at Gentle Dental are VERY helpful too!
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We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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  • Phone: (248) 850-1809
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