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Tips for preventing gum disease from your Kirkland dentist

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Gum disease is not a condition you want to wait out. It should be diagnosed early and treated properly in order to preserve tooth stability, fresh breath, comfort, and general health. You may have heard that your dentist can get an idea about your health just by looking in your mouth. This is because numerous studies indicate a direct correlation between the two. For this reason, hygiene and dental care are considered vital to well-being.

Gum disease: Are you at risk?

Some believe that gum disease is an age-related condition; that it affects only older adults and the elderly. This is not true. Although it is not nearly as common, gum disease may be seen in a child or teen. Additional factors that increase risk include:

  • Smoking. This is actually one of the leading factors in gum disease due to the fact that smoking and tobacco use inhibits oxygenation which supports oral tissues.
  • Medications. Certain medications can increase susceptibility to gum disease.
  • Diet. Proper nutrition is necessary to keep the mouth from becoming an unhealthy, acidic environment.
  • Health conditions. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis place stress on the immune system, which makes gum disease more difficult to avoid.

It is also worth stating that previous treatment for gum disease does not protect you from this condition in the future.

Reducing your risk

The statistics on gum disease are unfortunate because this condition is relatively easy to avoid. We are happy to help you assess your risk, and to demonstrate ways to manage your oral health on a daily basis. Routine dental care complements the habits you keep at home, and should not be skipped. Dr. Kelley performs gum examination using a tiny probe that indicates the presence of inflammation, as well as its severity.

Home care is straightforward, but many people have never been taught the details that can make or break a hygiene routine:

  • Brush for a full two minutes morning and night.
  • Floss! Water irrigation is an adjunct to, not a substitute for, flossing.
  • Rinse after snacks and any beverage that contains sugar or is acidic.
  • Consume healthy, fresh foods that fortify teeth and gums.
  • Do not use tobacco products.

Dr. Kelley and the team at Kingsgate Dental believe that education is the best possible treatment for gum disease. For your check-up and cleaning in our Kirkland office, call (425) 385-0080.

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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.
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 - 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.
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 - 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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