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Gum Disease Treatment Vancouver WA


Top 5 Symptoms of Gum Disease

When adults lose teeth during adulthood, you may think they lose them due to trauma or tooth decay.

While adults do lose teeth due to tooth decay and gum disease, the most common reason any adult loses a tooth is due to gum disease.

Periodontal disease is the most common noninfectious disease of adulthood, and it can cause serious and irreversible damage to your gums as well as your overall health.

We have various treatments available for gum disease. Call (360) 514-9212 to schedule your appointment today!

What Is Gum Disease?


Gum disease, sometimes called periodontal disease, is an infection of gum tissue caused by harmful mouth bacteria. You have both harmful and helpful bacteria in your mouth.

The harmful bacteria can infect your gums. Gum disease will eventually cause inflammation, irritation of your gums, and both gum tissue loss as well as tooth loss. Usually, the causes of gum disease can be traced to poor dental health, chronic disease, age, dry mouth, and tobacco use.

There are three stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease.

During the gingivitis stage, you may notice that your gums look red or discolored. They may also be swollen. Also, you might find blood on your toothbrush or in your sink after you brush or floss.

Our dentist can cure stage one of gum disease with regular cleanings and good oral hygiene.

Both the second and third stages of gum disease are called periodontitis. During stages two and three, your gums have a serious infection.

You may notice that your gum disease symptoms now include constant bad breath, increased tooth decay, and a bad taste in your mouth.

Other signs of gum disease are that your teeth may look longer or larger, or you may notice your gum tissue has spaces near your teeth.

These signs happen because when you enter the periodontitis stages, your gum tissue begins to separate from your teeth, creating pockets or spaces.

These pockets can fill with infection and make your gum disease worse.

Close up shot of young woman pulling down her lower lip to reveal inflamed gums at Thurston Oaks Dental in Vancouver, WA

Preventing Gum Disease


If these symptoms sound like something you would want to avoid, there are ways you can prevent gum disease.

First, if you use tobacco, you should think about quitting because using tobacco can stain your teeth and gums, impede natural healing in your mouth, and decrease saliva production, all of which makes gum disease more likely.

Also, if you want to prevent gum disease, be sure to eat a healthy diet and minimize your sugar intake.

Excess sugar and carbohydrates can lead to an explosion of bacteria in your mouth, which increases your chances of cavities or gum disease.

Be sure to brush and floss each day, and look into using a toothpaste that specifically fights gum disease.

While you are maintaining your oral health at home, you also need to partner with our dentist. Dentists can be on the lookout for gum disease each time you visit.

Also, if you are getting the tartar and plaque cleaned off your teeth and gums each time you visit, you benefit your gum health.

You can remove the sticky film called plaque from your teeth and gums when you brush and floss. However, when the plaque hardens into tartar, you will not be able to remove it.

Instead, our dentist or dental hygienist will have to remove it for you using tools. Removing tartar buildup is one way to prevent gum disease.

Young woman checking her results in the dentists office at Thurston Oaks Dental in Vancouver, WA

Treatment for Gum Disease


People with gum disease need gum infection treatment.

Your treatment for gum disease depends largely on how serious your periodontal disease is.

If you have the beginning stages of gum disease or gingivitis, you will need an ally who can check your gums each time you visit our office.

Our dental team can cure gum disease if they catch it early enough. For example, our dentist can work with you to make sure you are using a good brushing technique.

Dentists can also help you select a toothpaste that will aid you in gum care.

However, if you have advanced gum disease, you will need additional treatment. Because you have an active infection, you will need more intensive treatment on your gums.

Our dentist refers to this intensive treatment as scaling and root planing, while others call it a deep gum cleaning. No matter how our dentist refers to it, periodontal treatment means you will undergo a deep gum cleaning.

In scaling and root planing, our dentist or dental hygienist will first clean plaque and tartar off your teeth and gums above the gumline.

Dental practitioners use specialized tools to scrape tartar, which is hard and sometimes difficult to remove, from your teeth and gums. If you leave tartar on your teeth, it is a great place for a gum infection to begin.

Once the dentist or hygienist clears your teeth of tartar above the gumline, they will concentrate on removing the tartar below your gumline as well.

If you have pockets or spaces between your teeth and gums, you may need antibiotic treatment to relieve discomfort and fight the infection.

Once the tartar is gone, the dentist then focuses on helping your gums reattach to your teeth and eliminating those pockets or spaces between your teeth and gums.

This procedure is called root planing because dentists smooth out the tooth roots and encourage them to reattach.

Once your teeth and gums have been treated, our dentist will also conduct a thorough dental exam. They will note any problem areas and look for signs of tooth decay, severe gum disease, or tooth loss.

You will need to have your gums deep cleaned between three and four times yearly to ensure they continue to stay healthy and fight the bacteria.

If you continue to treat your gum disease, you are less likely to lose both teeth and gum tissue.

What Should I Do?


Not sure whether or not you have gum disease? Need a dentist who specializes in deep gum cleaning and the prevention of gum disease?

Why not give Thurston Oaks Dental a call at (360) 514-9212? We would love to schedule an appointment for you.


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