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Do you have gum disease?

Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems! If left untreated will increase and cause problems. These problems can affect your teeth and jawbone. Severe gum disease is linked to other problems, like diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease is prevalent throughout the U.S. If you have gum disease, you may notice that your gums bleed, irritate or swell up.


How Does Gum Disease Form?

Gum disease is primarily caused by plaque and tartar that build up on the gums. These two substances that irritate the gums and cause them to inflame or infect. As the tartar and plaque move under the gum line, they begin to affect your entire mouth. There are two primary types of gum disease, known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis, is the first phase of gum disease and is treated easy when caught early. If gingivitis is allowed to progress, turns into periodontitis. This is a severe gum disease and leads to many complications, including bleeding gums, tooth loss, and even bone loss.


Variety Of Dental Treatments


Depending on severeness, you may have to do more than one treatments. Multiple treatments help to ensure the disease is completely eliminated. The most common method is root planing and scaling, also known as deep cleaning. If you have a severe gum disease, we remove the tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth, around and under your gums, and on the roots. We may also provide you with antibiotics. These are used to kill the infection and disease inside pockets that have formed in your gums.


Dr. Pioch does not use surgical means to treat your gum disease, so you don’t have to worry about pain or extensive treatment procedures.
If you think you have gum disease or haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, please call our office at (503) 305-5051 to schedule your dental appointment. If you are busy and cannot call our office right now, please feel free to fill out our convenient appointment form. One of our friendly staff members will call you soon.