Kirkland, WA dentist describes the causes of gum disease and when professional dental surgery is necessary
Patients in the Kirkland, WA area who are interested in maintaining a healthy smile are encouraged to work with a dentist to reduce their risk of developing gum disease. The cause of gum disease is often related to the care of the smile. Dr. Ann Kelley and the team at Kingsgate Dental will suggest regular visits to monitor the health of the smile and avoid the need for future professional surgery to combat the infection.
What is gum disease?
Dr. Ann Kelley explains gum disease, or “periodontal disease,” is an infection that starts due to poor oral hygiene. This means patients are often not brushing or flossing as recommended. The infection is caused by an infection that starts at the gums and then progresses if treatment is not pursued. It can result in the loss of gum tissue, bone, and teeth.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Gum disease starts as an infection that may result in symptoms such as:
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Persistent halitosis (bad breath)
- Red, swollen gum tissue
As the condition progresses, patients may experience other problems, including the shrinking of the gum tissue, loosening teeth, and with the use of x-rays, see the bone of the jaw getting smaller as well. This is a serious concern, as the bone loss cannot be reversed.
Do I need professional dental surgery?
Surgery, or scaling and root planning, may be necessary for the later stages of periodontal disease.
Discuss gum disease today with a professional!
Dr. Ann Kelley of Kingsgate Dental provides professional, compassionate care for patients in the area of Kirkland, WA. Her office is conveniently located at 12308 NE 144th Street and can be reached at (425) 385-0080 for an appointment. Call today and find out what sets Kingsgate Dental apart from the local competition!