More than 47% of Americans aged 30 and older have gum disease, a potentially serious problem. At Smiles for Maple Valley, in Maple Valley, Washington, Narges Lotfi, DDS, provides high-quality care for gum disease, including scaling and root planing and antibiotic therapy. To receive treatment for gum disease, call the office today or book online.
Gum – or periodontal – disease is an infection of your gums. Smiles for Maple Valley treats both types of gum disease:
Gingivitis occurs when plaque –– a thin layer of harmful bacteria, food particles, and saliva –– collects and hardens on your teeth. That irritates your gums, causing them to become swollen and inflamed.
Periodontitis is a more serious infection that occurs when gingivitis goes untreated. Over time, periodontitis causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. That causes pockets to form, where harmful bacteria can thrive.
The symptoms of periodontal disease include:
As the infection worsens, you might also have pus between your gums.
Make an appointment at Smiles for Maple Valley if you’re concerned about gum disease. That’s especially true if your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. Without intervention and treatment, you might need extractions.
To diagnose gum disease, your Smiles for Maple Valley provider reviews your dental records, takes a series of digital X-rays, and completes an oral exam. Your provider also uses a small ruler to measure the depth of the pockets around your teeth.
Treatment of gum disease depends on various factors, including your age, the severity of the infection, and its effect on your oral health. Your Smiles for Maple Valley provider might recommend:
If your symptoms continue or worsen, or you have advanced gum disease, surgery might be necessary, such as bone grafts, gum grafts, and gum flap surgery.
You can significantly reduce your risk of gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene. Smiles for Maple Valley recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for preventive exams.
You should also avoid certain habits, like smoking or using chewing tobacco.
To learn more about the treatment of gum disease, call Smiles for Maple Valley or book online today.