Periodontal Care in Southfield, MI

When bacteria from your teeth penetrate your gums, the result is an infection known as periodontal disease or gum disease. Gum disease can be the result of poor dental health, illness, or genetics. If left untreated, it can be severe enough to cause tooth loss or even jawbone deterioration.

Early intervention will help prevent gum disease from causing permanent damage.

Stages of Gum Disease


Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease where the infection can be easily treated with a thorough cleaning at our Southfield location. During this stage, gum disease can be reversed without any lasting effects.


Periodontitis is a more advanced stage of gum disease where the infection has spread from the gums to the jawbone. Your gums will begin to recede and form pockets, making it easier for bacteria to build up.

Advanced Periodontitis

Without treatment, your gums will recede further, causing the pockets to deepen and become more infected. During this stage, your teeth may become loose or even fall out.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

While some patients with gingivitis may not have any obvious symptoms, it’s vitally important to seek treatment at any stage of gum disease so we can restore your oral health and prevent further damage. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Painful or tender gums, especially while chewing
  • Bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gumline

During your biannual appointments, our friendly staff will be sure to thoroughly examine your gums and teeth to ensure they’re free of bacteria buildup and infection.

Treating Gum Disease

If caught early on, gum disease can be treated with a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. During the treatment, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned along the surfaces and gumline.

The tooth’s roots will be smoothed to prevent bacteria from re-adhering and keep your mouth free of infection. If pockets have formed between your teeth, bacteria and infection are more likely to accumulate in these areas and Dr. Daniels-Dixon will recommend coming in more frequently for a deep cleaning.

ARESTIN® Gum Therapy

In addition to a deep cleaning, ARESTIN may be applied after your cleaning to help ward off bacteria and stop the infection. ARESTIN is an antibiotic used specifically to treat gum disease and is easily applied without the need for anesthesia or needles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dixon Family Dental

Advance Office Building
23077 Greenfield Rd. #210
Southfield, MI 48075

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