Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that attacks the gums and bone that surround and support your teeth. In its advanced stages, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss. This disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on your teeth, above and below the gums. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Lynn Leyde may recommend treatment for gum disease in Shoreline, Washington:
• Gums that are red, swollen, and sore
• Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
• Receding gums
• Persistent bad breath
• A change in your bite
• Loose permanent teeth
If you have periodontal disease, our dentist may suggest that you have extra teeth cleaning appointments. During this appointment, we will clean all of your teeth of plaque and tartar using a small metal tool. For some patients, this is not sufficient. If this is the case, our dentist may recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Our dentist will clean all of your teeth of plaque, all the way down to the roots. Then your roots will be smoothed to make it hard for plaque to adhere to them.
We encourage you to contact Professional Dental Care today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.