Dental One Associates at Beltway
7650 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21236

Save Yourself from Gum Disease

gum disease

The leading cause of tooth loss in America is gum disease. Gum disease is a highly preventable condition that affects more than 75 percent of the adult population. Prevention is as simple as basic, routine dental care habits, including regular visits to the family dentist.  While brushing and flossing daily are a first line of defense against gum disease, total prevention includes a professional dental care team. If you want to maintain a beautiful healthy smile for a lifetime and avoid painful inflammation of the gums and eventual tooth loss, make your dental health a top priority.

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that causes swollen, red gums that can bleed easily while brushing. Gingivitis is reversible with diligent dental care and intensive gingivitis treatment.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Missing a routine brushing, flossing, or rinsing with mouthwash allows food particles and bacteria, known as plaque, to remain on your teeth. In as little as twenty minutes after eating or drinking, plaque releases acids that erode the enamel of the teeth, which leads to tooth decay. Within in 72 hours, the plaque hardens and becomes tartar, which requires professional dental care for removal. If left untreated, the plaque and tartar spread to the gums, causing gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums.

What Causes Periodontitis?

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, but its development is dependent upon your body’s ability to fight the effects of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, also known as gum disease, due to any of these factors:

  • Oral bacteria. Although there are over 400 types of bacteria that live in the mouth, only 15 kinds that contribute to gum disease; however, those 15 are often aggressive without proper dental care.
  • Tobacco use. According to the American Dental Association, smoking or chewing tobacco is the number one cause of gum disease in the U.S.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes. Diabetes contributes to the development of gum disease by making those affected more susceptible to infection. And, gum disease can make it more difficult to control diabetes.
  • Genetics. Certain genes and inherited immune-response conditions have been linked to a predisposition for gum disease. It is thought that about 30 percent of people suffer from gum disease due to genetics.

The symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease can be subtle, which means regular visits to your dentist are essential for successful gum-disease or gingivitis treatment.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates at Beltway today at (410) 775-5536 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates at Beltway, 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 at Beltway. 

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Patient Reviews
I love when I come here. And Ms Denise cleaned my teeth she did a great job, gave additional advice. Very nice and sensitive to the fact my jaw was recently broken!!
Tynisha S.
Everyone was pleasant and helpful. I watch for a genuine smiles, and if appropriate a sense of humor. This was a brief visit, but did have a challenge in receiving some x-rays which was handled with […]
Carolyn G.
Great place for the whole family!
Asa H.
Great customer service. There’s never been a time when I’ve come through the door and wasn’t greeted with a smile (they all know my name ).
Tracey L.
Staff was amazing and treated me very well.
Richard R.
Marie the hygienist is amazing. She is the most thorough, friendly person I’ve ever been seen by. I was also examined by DR. Patel afterwards. He is so nice. Even the staff is friendly. I was […]
Christa M.
Shannon is very nice and approchable. Megan made my son comfortable.
Aiden C.
Awesome dentist that attended to she took the time to show me what is going on with my dental health and gave me my options to improve my dental health and appearance.
Bradley S.
This is the best dental practice I have ever used in my life. Dr. Patel and his staff are knowledgeable, efficient, professional and kind.
Kathleen G.
Extremely professional and friendly staff ! I had my orthodontic treatment recently and was impressed by Dr. Sagafi! She was wonderful and caring and always paid attention to my needs and worked with […]
Lisa D.
Great staff. Courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. They all make the visit a pleasant one.
Kathleen G.
Friendly staff, no wait time,
Richard B.
Ms. Shannon, Ms. Denise and Dr. Patel were all very nice and informative.
Ann C.
We’ve been going there for over 15 years and the front desk knows us and who we are, Dr. Patel is great and the hygienists are too.
Lisa F.
Everyone in the office is very professional and friendly. I love Marie, my hygentist, she is the best!!!
Deborah B.
Extremely personable staff! Short wait times! Email reminders for your appointments! Just outstanding!
Tim L.
Always a pleasant atmosphere, great dental work and reasonable prices.
Edgar S.
Dental hygienist was very personable and did a great cleaning
Ashley C.
The staff always makes me feel comfortable. Everyone is so nice. Dr.Patel is an amazing dentist. I would definitely recommend this dentist office!
Tammy B.
Thorough, friendly service and professional performance.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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