Have you noticed that your gums are redder than usual? Do your gums bleed easily, such as when you floss or brush your teeth? Have your gums become swollen and tender? If you have noticed these symptoms, your smile may be affected by periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a degenerative condition that can eventually lead to bone and tooth loss if not properly treated. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar (dental calculus); when plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth, the bacteria cause irritation and inflammation in the gum tissues. Without early care, the gum tissues may recede, leading to bone loss and tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has also been linked to several serious health problems, including pregnancy complications, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, diabetes, and respiratory conditions.
At Meadowdale Dental Clinic, we offer quality treatment for gum disease to help you avoid these serious consequences. Based on the severity of the condition and your personal dental needs, Dr. Lois Lee may recommend antibiotic treatment, improved at-home dental hygiene, or deep cleanings called scaling and root planing. More serious cases may recommend gum surgery. For more information about how we can treat gum disease in Lynnwood, Washington, we encourage you to contact our caring dentist and dental team today. We are committed to helping you keep your smile healthy for life!