Gum Disease Treatment

Have you ever wondered if your sense of smell could warn you about gum disease? At Foutz Family Dentistry, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about the subtler signs of oral health issues, including how your nose might alert you to periodontal disease. Let’s explore this intriguing connection and how our team can help you maintain optimal oral health.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, a silent assailant lurking in the mouths of many, begins as a seemingly harmless gingivitis before potentially advancing to the more serious periodontitis. The primary culprit? Inadequate oral hygiene leading to plaque buildup. At Foutz Family Dentistry, we emphasize the importance of early detection and personalized care plans to prevent the progression of gum disease, underscoring that simple daily habits can have a profound impact on your oral health.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Identifying gum disease early can be challenging, as symptoms might not always be immediately noticeable. However, our team at Foutz Family Dentistry is trained to spot the early signs, from swollen, red gums to the more discreet symptom of persistent bad breath. We stress that bad breath isn’t just an inconvenience; it can be a telltale sign of bacteria at work beneath the gum line.

Can You Smell Gum Disease?

Indeed, your sense of smell might be the first to flag the presence of gum disease. The bacteria fueling this condition produce volatile sulfur compounds, leading to an unpleasant odor. At Foutz Family Dentistry, we educate our patients on recognizing these early warnings. Our comprehensive check-ups include evaluations for signs of gum disease, ensuring that if your nose suspects something, we’re here to investigate and address it.

Prevention and Treatment

Preventing gum disease is a collaborative effort. Our team at Foutz Family Dentistry advocates for regular dental check-ups, which are crucial for catching and managing gum disease early. With personalized oral hygiene guidance, professional cleanings, and, if necessary, targeted treatments like scaling and root planing, we work hand-in-hand with our patients to fend off periodontal disease before it advances.


Your sense of smell might be more linked to your dental health than you thought, serving as an early detector for gum disease. At Foutz Family Dentistry, we’re committed to guiding our patients through understanding and leveraging this connection for better oral health outcomes. Remember, proactive dental care and regular visits to Foutz Family Dentistry can keep your smile healthy, fresh, and vibrant.

Ezbond A. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
1st Generation:

Great Grandfather

Dr. Ezbond A. Foutz
Harold B. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
2nd Generation:


Dr. Harold B. Foutz
Lawrence C. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
3rd Generation:


Dr. Lawrence C. Foutz
Barton H. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
4th Generation:

Family and Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Barton H. Foutz