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Kirkland, WA dentist describes the causes of gum disease and when professional dental surgery is necessary

Kirkland, WA dentist Dr. Ann Kelley 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!

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Dr. Ann Kelley is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. She highly values the comfort of her patients, and places the needs of the patient above her convenience. Her dental clinic is built to bring the best and most comfortable dental experience to all her patients. She builds relationships with her patients based on trust and always acts to safeguard this trust.

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Damen CReviews on Google
 - 5 Star Rating Review I have gone to Kingsgate Dental for about two years now, and every experience has been excellent. Dr. Kelley is very knowledgeable and very thorough with her analysis of the issues that I have faced with my teeth. The staff is polite and always happy to answer any questions that I have and give me pointers to improve my dental hygiene. I will continue to go to Kingsgate Dental/Dr Kelley for years to come.
Kathy WReviews on Google
 - 5 Star Rating Review By Kathy W Dr. Kelley and her staff are a treasure. State of the art equipment, As a past Dental Administrator for a very large practice in Lynnwood, am soo happy to know that Dr. Kelley, her hygenists who have been there for over 20 years, are bar none the most indepth and through a cleaning as you would ever find. I have never felt more then a slight prick when getting novocaine. Between numbing the gum and gentle procedure they also offer nitroux, for us real scaredy cats. Music, neck pillows and blankets all make the experience truly enjoyable. I had gone too many years neglecting my teeth and found through Tammy, my hygenist and Dr. Kelley they were able to put together a plan to save the teeth they could and design partials for the ones I could not afford to save. I am a small business owner with no insurance and yet they came up with a plan that I am so happy with. I am without any infection, so much healthier and the partials Dr. Kelley designed are like a second skin. From Jackie and MaryAnn at the front desk to the assistants, hygenists and Dr. Kelley you will be in professional and caring hands. I recommend to all my family and friends.
Damen CReviews on Google
 - 5 Star Rating Review By dixy i Great experience. Dr. Kelley and her staff made me feel less anxious about the whole thing. Great job on the crown too! I've already recommended two friends! If I was staying in the Seattle area I'd definitely return.

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