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Gum Disease

According to the CDC, over 47 percent of people age 35 and older have experienced some form of gum disease.

Dr. Robert Arbuckle offers periodontal therapy that can restore the health and appearance of your gums.

Our Wilton, CT, dental practice can help with prevention and treatment if you have gum disease.

What Is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue. It's most often caused by the oral bacteria that naturally occur in the mouth. This is the same bacteria that is responsible for tooth decay and bad breath.


Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease. This is a mild form of periodontal disease that is typically caused by a lack of regular brushing and flossing. Common warning signs of gingivitis include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Discoloration of the gums
  • Soreness or the gums
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum recession


Periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease caused by long-term dental neglect. As well as the signs of gingivitis, symptoms include:

  • Pus along the gum line
  • Lingering bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Discomfort when biting and chewing

Gum Disease Risk Factors


  • Smoking/use of tobacco products
  • Poor oral health
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Advanced age
  • Hormonal changes
  • Immune deficiency disorders
  • Certain medical conditions (e.g., diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis)

The Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

If your gum disease goes untreated, it can lead to a number of oral health problems and general health issues. That's why it's important to visit Dr. Arbuckle at our Wilton, CT, dental office if any gum disease symptoms or risk factors are present.

Root Canal Infection

Untreated gingivitis could lead to tooth decay and the spread of bacteria into the pulp chamber of a tooth, causing a painful root canal infection.

Dental Abscess

Advanced periodontal disease can also lead to the formation of a dental abscess. These pockets of pus can be potentially life-threatening.

Tooth Misalignment

As periodontitis progresses, it can lead to teeth becoming loose and changing their position. Crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth may develop.

Tooth Loss

As teeth loosen and shift in position, they become more prone to falling out. It's not uncommon for people to lose teeth due to gum disease.

Using the latest tools and equipment in dentistry, Dr. Arbuckle will examine your teeth, gums, and other structures of your mouth. He will also discuss your symptoms and your concerns.

Gum Disease Treatments

Advances in general and restorative dentistry have helped dentists treat different stages of gum disease more effectively. We can develop a custom treatment plan based on your needs.

To get the infection under control, patients are often given antiseptic rinses to fight harmful bacteria. Antibiotics may even be used in some cases.

Scaling and root planing are the most common gum disease treatments. The deep cleaning of plaque and tartar around the gumline helps close periodontal pockets, protecting your teeth and preventing future inflammation.

Additional treatments for advanced periodontitis, such as laser treatment, may be recommended to remove damaged gum tissue, tartar, and plaque. The laser is also used to smooth the teeth to prevent bacteria and plaque from taking hold again.

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Susie Travers


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The hygienists are caring, gentle and thorough while cleaning. Dr. Arbuckle and Rebecca are fantastic, especially for chickens like me who have had bad experiences in the past. Great team!

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Pamela Rockland


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I give this practice a 10 from start to finish! I just moved here and couldn’t be happier with my choice. The other very positive reviews were spot-on. I know it sounds crazy, but I’m looking forward to next time!!

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Dr. Robert Arbuckle

Wilton Dental Care

Dr. Robert Arbuckle has been practicing dentistry since 1997. He is passionate about helping others. Each year, he embarks on missions to foreign countries, where he helps children in need improve their oral and overall health through dentistry. 

He is also affiliated with prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Connecticut State Dental Association
  • Fairfield County Dental Club

If you are looking for a friendly, compassionate dentist to care for your entire family, schedule a consultation with Dr. Arbuckle today by calling (203) 762-8586 or filling out our online form.

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