Woman gripping mouth in pain at the dentists office

Gum Disease

Mild gingivitis can typically be reversed with good oral hygiene and regular checkups with your dentist.

But if ignored, gum disease can cause widespread damage to your mouth, including jawbone deterioration and tooth loss.

If you're in the Harrisonburg, VA, area, Smiles for Life Dental Care can provide you with treatment to improve the health of your gums.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, is a condition in which bacterial growth in your mouth causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, creating periodontal pockets that collect debris and become infected. The infection then damages the bone that supports your teeth.

The early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, often appears as bad breath and swollen gums that bleed when you brush or floss. At this stage, there might be little to no discomfort and you may not even realize anything is wrong. 

If ignored, gingivitis progresses into more dangerous stages of gum disease that require advanced care from a dentist. Fortunately, gingivitis can easily be controlled.

Close up of Gingivitis

Knowing the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

You may not notice the symptoms of gum disease even as it progresses into the later stages. The signs can be subtle, and can occur in places that are hard for you to detect. This is why it's so important to schedule regular checkups at a dental office.

Though you may not notice any symptoms, they often include:

  • Red, swollen, or receding gums
  • Infected gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Misalignment
  • Deep pockets between the gums and teeth

We Can Treat Your Gum Disease

Once plaque hardens into tartar and spreads below the gumline, your will need professional attention to remove it from your teeth. If you have developed periodontitis, our dentists can provide you with treatment.

We can also provide you with preventive care in the form of regular checkups. These dental screenings allow our dentists to check for signs of gingivitis and can control it before it becomes a bigger issue.

We treat patients in the Harrisonburg, VA, area from our offices in Staunton and Bridgewater, VA. To request an appointment, fill out our online contact form or call:

(540) 828-2312

Smiles for Life dentists

"Absolutely Wonderful, Personal Care"


Angel David Verde


Google logo

Absolutely wonderful, personal care with Dr. Whiting. Clean office, very helpful and nice staff with the kind of care that seems hard to find from your first visit. Highly recommended.

View on Google

Marty Simmers


Google logo

Five stars are easy to give when the quality of care and expertise reach the levels I have always received from Dr. Mac and each of his staff. For over 20 years they have been helping me care for my teeth. I am grateful, blessed and fortunate to live in their are of dental practice! Many thanks

View on Google

What to Expect During Your Consultation

During your initial consultation at our offices in Staunton or Bridgewater, VA, your dentist will first examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone to assess your oral health and look for signs of gingivitis, periodontal pockets, and other dental issues.

The signs of gum disease our dentists look for include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Teeth movement, sensitivity, and misalignment
  • Damage to the bone that's supporting your teeth

If periodontitis is detected, a treatment will be recommended.

Are Patients Who Choose Gum Disease Treatment Happy With Their Results?

Before Kate's Smile Makeover
Before Kate's Smile Makeover
After Kate's Smile Makeover
After Kate's Smile Makeover
Kate's smile makeover included gingivectomies to remove diseased gum tissue around her 6 upper anterior teeth, which helped repair her oral health and create a foundation for restorative dentistry treatments. Healthy gums will help keep her new smile dazzling for years to come. 

47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. -According to the CDC

The Long-Term Dangers of Periodontal Disease

When bacteria builds up in periodontal pockets, it can make its way into your bloodstream and affect parts of your body other than your mouth. This can lead to dangerous long-term disorders. Aside from tooth and bone loss, you may experience:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Stroke
  • Changes to your face shape

Treat Your Periodontal Disease With Us Today! TIMELY TREATMENT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE!

Gum disease can create numerous short- and long-term problems, which is why it's so important to treat in a timely manner.

If you're in the Harrisonburg, VA, area, we would like to hear from you! No matter what stage of periodontal disease you have, one of our dentists can restore your oral health with gentle and effective methods. If you're anxious about dental work, our dentists can help you feel comfortable throughout your treatment by providing warm blankets and sedation, if necessary.

Older dental patient getting teeth checked

"I Was Very Impressed"


Mike Elford


Google logo

I was very impressed by how knowledgeable and professional everyone I dealt with were. Although this was my first visit there, I plan on returning to have my extensive Dental work performed by them.

View on Google

Leonar Kreker


Google logo

Dr. McIntyre is not only a pro at what he does, his staff is just as excellent! For this reason, I highly recommend Smiles for Life Dental Care Best Dental Implants in Bridgewater VA.

View on Google
Dentists at Smiles for Life Dental Care

Smiles for Life Dental Care

The team of highly trained doctors at Smiles for Life wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because we want every patient to have access to the advanced treatments offered at our practice, we accept many insurance and financing options, including: 

  • Medicare 
  • Compassionate Finance™
  • CareCredit®
  • LendingClub®
  • Smile Rewards 

To get started, call our Bridgewater office at (540) 828-2312 or request an appointment online.

Get In Touch

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite
Google map image of our location in 115 Oakwood Dr  Bridgewater, VA

Bridgewater Office

115 Oakwood Dr
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Open Today 7:00am - 5:00pm

Friday by appointment only

Google map image of our location in 502 N Coalter St  Staunton, VA

Staunton Office

502 N Coalter St
Staunton, VA 24401

Open Today

(540) 828-2312 Send a message