Smiles Dental: Your Watchdog Against Periodontal Disease

Here at Smiles Dental, Dr. Nordeen is very careful to watch for periodontal disease in her patients. Periodontal disease is a serious, degenerative condition and a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks the gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth.

If periodontal disease is not treated, then it will eventually lead to tooth loss.

Here’s how it happens: When plaque remains on the teeth, it hardens into calculus. The bacteria found in plaque infect the gum tissue, and unless this problem is properly addressed, this oral affliction can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth.

In its earliest stages, periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that manifests as inflammation and redness of the gum tissue. Many people who have gingivitis aren’t even aware of it. Gingivitis is most commonly caused by poor oral hygiene.

If gingivitis goes untreated for long enough, it escalates into a much more serious type of gum infection called periodontitis. This predicament destroys the soft tissue and the bone that support the teeth. Periodontitis is infamous for causing tooth loss

The treatment for periodontal disease can vary, depending on the needs of the particular patient. It is important that you come and visit us here at Smiles Dental, so Dr. Nordeen can assess your oral condition and examine you for periodontal disease. Please call 360.339.7499 to schedule your appointment today. We’ll be happy to take care of you.