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Gum Disease

A side by side comparisson of a healthy tooth with a tooth suffering from periodontal diseaseIf you think you have gum disease, you are not alone. Gum disease is a negative, but common, condition in adults. It is a problem we can help you with. Gum disease accounts for a majority all tooth loss in adults. Anyone can spot the early signs of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. These signs include gums that bleed when brushing or flossing and gums that are inflamed, or swollen. It is not normal to have gums that bleed when flossing; it is a sign of inflammation. If left untreated, this will continue to get worse. Other signs include bad breath that doesn't seem to go away, teeth sensitivity, and painful chewing.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by the same bacteria that causes decay. When this bacteria rests below the gumline it will eat away at the bond between your tooth and gum. When the bond is eaten away, it begins to form pockets. These pockets are the first step in losing your teeth. Without treatment and continuous maintenance, your teeth can shift in your mouth, which will alter your bite. Eventually, your teeth may even fall out. We want your teeth to last you a lifetime. Our dentists, Drs. Tigran, Furca, and Smith, can help. There is no permanent treatment for gum disease. However, it can be helped with proper personal hygiene and regular visits to A Smiling Heart Dentistry in Bellevue.

Additional risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing gum disease include:
•  Health issues such as Diabetes
•  Hormone changes
•  Smoking
•  Medications

How Can a Dental Visit help prevent periodontal disease?

First and foremost, we need to evaluate the problem. Treatment could be as simple as a cleaning, or a more involved deep cleaning which includes scaling and root planing. We may ask you to come for a dental cleaning more frequently. We may prescribe some type of medication. What we need to do is control the infection first, and then we can proceed to repair any damage.

Contact our office today at (425) 532-3200 for more information about periodontal disease.
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