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Dentist in Kirkland offers treatment options for symptoms of gum disease

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Gum disease is a common dental problem among adults. In the earliest stages, periodontal disease is easily treated and reversible. It is not a problem to ignore. Left untreated, the condition contributes to additional oral and health problems. Dr. Ann Kelley and Kingsgate Dental Clinic in Kirkland offer treatment for gum disease to protect the health of patients’ smiles.

Symptoms and stages of gum disease

Healthy gums are the light pink supportive tissues at the base of the teeth. They protect the gums and bone. When the gums are infected, they become red, swollen, and sensitive. They may also bleed easily. These are early signs of gum disease. Redness and swelling are only the beginning. As the disease progresses, it becomes more destructive as bacteria spreads throughout the oral cavity.

Periodontal disease does not appear overnight. The symptoms arise gradually and escalate when left untreated. When plaque is allowed to build up on the teeth, bacteria can spread into the gums. Normally, good oral practices and routine visits to the dentist remove the plaque and bacteria before problems occur. However, if the plaque is not removed and the bacteria spreads, dental and health problems arise.

There are three stages of gum disease ranging from mild to severe. Gingivitis is the first and most common stage. The gums appear red and sensitive. They may bleed when brushing or flossing. At this point, gum disease is often reversible. Untreated, gingivitis leads to periodontitis. During this stage, bacteria causes the gums to recede and pull away from the teeth. Spaces form between the teeth and gums where bacteria can accumulate and cause infections. Advanced periodontitis is the most severe stage of gum disease. At this point, patients may experience damage to the teeth, bones, gums, and connective tissues. The teeth may become loose and tooth loss is possible.

Gum disease treatments

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Patients who notice signs of gum disease should contact Kingsgate Dental Clinic right away even if it is between routine dental appointments. The earlier any dental problem is addressed, the better the outlook. Treatments are available for each stage of gum disease to prevent it from worsening. The treatment used depends on the symptoms and stage of the disease.

Prevention is the ideal treatment. Following good oral hygiene habits at home and maintaining regular visits with your dentist helps preserve the health of your teeth and gums. Your dental team can educate you and review proper home oral care to improve your overall wellness. Routine care includes the following:

  • Brush at least twice per day.
  • Floss daily to remove particles between the teeth.
  • Use mouthwash or an oral irrigator to cleanse hard-to-reach areas.
  • Replace the toothbrush or toothbrush head every three to six months.
  • Visit the dentist every six months for a routine check and cleaning.

Dental visits are an important part of preventing gum disease and dental problems. The six month scheduling is precisely spaced so that if new issues arise, the problems can be handled promptly and effectively. Early signs of gum disease can be treated before the problem progresses.

Unfortunately, gum disease may occur even for patients who have good intentions and habits. The dental team assesses the problem to determine the best treatment plan. Gingivitis is often reversible. The bone and connective tissues remain unharmed. Any problems are often be treated with a professional deep cleaning and maintaining good oral habits at home. This cleaning or scaling removes built-up plaque and bacteria to prevent the bacteria from spreading further into the gums. If there are any irregularities, they are smoothed out so plaque cannot deposit in those areas. Antibiotics may be used to treat gum infections. The dental treatment stops gum disease in its tracks, keeping it from causing additional damage. Future dental appointments may be scheduled more frequently to monitor the gum disease and to prevent bacteria from accumulating.

Patients with advanced stages of gum disease can still be treated. However, some damage may not be reversed. Visiting the dentist regularly and maintaining good oral practices is important to keep gum disease from spreading.

Gum disease is preventable. Protect the health of your mouth with routine dental care. Contact Dr. Ann Kelley and the staff at Kingsgate Dental Clinic in Kirkland, WA for information on treatment for gum disease. Call (425) 385-0080 to schedule an appointment.


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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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