Many patients experience some level of gum disease throughout their lifetime that can range from a condition of swollen gums called “gingivitis” to a condition called “periodontal disease” or “periodontitis” in which the mouth has been so inflamed that the bone around the teeth has been lost over time. Both gingivitis and periodontitis are caused by having plaque on teeth for an extended period of time. Fortunately, gingivitis is easily treatable by our expert dentist and our amazing dental hygienists.
We want you to feel comfortable coming to the dentist so you can avoid the complications of gum disease, especially when it comes to losing your permanent teeth. When the bone is lost around your teeth, the tooth loses its support and becomes wiggly. Just like when you were a kid and wiggled your loose baby teeth to remove them, the more the adult tooth is wiggled, the looser it becomes, and the sooner the tooth is wiggled out of the mouth.
Gum Disease Treatment
We want you to keep all of your teeth for your entire life, and we will coach you and support you in making that happen. We also want you to look and feel your best. Routine visits to our dentist office for teeth cleanings and exams with our dentist can usually prevent gum disease. However, let us know if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen or red areas on the gums
- A receding gum line
- Persistent bad breath
- Bad breath strong enough to make a skunk hold their nose
- A bad taste in the mouth that won’t go away
- Loose permanent teeth
- Painful swollen gums
- A change in your bite
The most important action you can take when you have the signs and symptoms of gum disease is to give us a call to get started on regular cleanings with our amazing dental hygienists who will put you on the right path to health. Come see our great dentist, Dr. Skinner, right away, so our dental hygiene team can restore your oral health and help you start smiling again.
What Causes Gum Disease and Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is a type of gum infection, also known as gingivitis, periodontitis, or periodontal disease. It often occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth and creates infection, pus, or pockets in your unhealthy gums. Plaque consists of bacteria that turn harmful, cause inflamed gums, and release toxins into your mouth and bloodstream—and it may even endanger your overall health.
Many patients with other medical conditions may be more susceptible to gum disease than others. Common issues that can put you at risk for gum disease include:
- Tobacco use
- Taking certain medications
- Teeth that are crooked
- Teeth with cracks or other damage
- Older dental work that may need to be replaced
If you are pregnant, diabetic, or are experiencing another one of these medical issues, you can talk to us about gum disease prevention and treatment; additionally, you can often apply to have your dental insurance cover an extra cleaning to help get you healthy gums. We’re here to help you with our compassionate caring dentist and dental team.
Gum Disease Treatment at Our Dentist Office
At Hillsboro Dental Excellence dental office, our compassionate dentist and dental hygienists can treat mild gum disease cases right here in our office, quickly and efficiently. We provide non-surgical periodontal treatment, including scaling, root planing, non-surgical laser-assisted gum therapies, and special at-home care.
Scaling and Root Planing | This treatment is an intensive cleaning of your teeth and gums: the dental hygienist and dentist work to remove the plaque on teeth and from beneath the gum line. Scaling and root planing has long been an effective treatment for our patients with periodontal disease.
Because of the severity of periodontitis, it is encouraged that patients who undergo scaling and root planing have 3–4 cleanings a year. The scientific literature clearly indicates that patients with periodontal disease can keep their teeth significantly longer, if not for their whole lives, with routine periodontal maintenance with multiple cleanings 3–4 times a year.
Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) or Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT) | Laser gum treatment treats the gums using dental laser therapy to help kill the harmful bacteria in your gums and regenerate your gums and bone to full health. The process is similar to traditional scaling and root planing, but it is more effective for severe or aggressive gum disease cases.
At-Home Gum Care | Our dental team will show you how to take care of your gums and teeth effectively at home and coach you to long term success and health.
Get Excellent Periodontal Care at Hillsboro Dental Excellence Dentist Office!
Are you ready to get excellent care for your whole health? Call us at 503-648-6671 to schedule an appointment with our expert dentist and dental team to get healthy gums and healthy teeth! Our dentist and dental hygienists can provide effective gum disease treatment so you can say goodbye to your bad breath, irritated gums, and painful symptoms today!