Periodontal Disease

gum diseaseShoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA

Periodontal (gum) disease affects millions of Americans, nearly 75-80 percent in fact. Aside from poor oral health and tooth loss, periodontal disease has adverse health effects on the entire body and increases one’s risk of developing:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Premature birth
  • Cancer

Periodontal disease occurs when harmful bacteria turn into plaque, which hardens on your teeth. When plaque is not removed, it begins to infect the gums and eventually causes gums to recede and even diminishes bone levels in your jaw. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Drs. Hoag and Dotsch believe your oral health is the gateway to your overall health, which is why we recommend regular checkups and dental cleanings for everyone, plus, regularly brushing and flossing your teeth as part of your at-home oral hygiene habits.

During your checkups and dental cleanings, our hygienists not only thoroughly clean the plaque from your teeth but also document the state of your oral health, looking for indicators of periodontal disease, along with any other potential issues.

The early stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Gums that are swollen, red, or bleed easily (gingivitis)
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth infections

Drs. Hoag and Dotsch recommend treating periodontal disease at the first sign of symptoms in order to preserve your oral health. Advanced cases of periodontal disease can be treated with Arestin, an antibiotic that is applied to the infected areas. Severe cases may require special periodontal surgery to reverse any damage.

To help avoid these damaging effects of periodontal disease, make certain to practice healthy oral hygiene habits at home and visit the dentist twice a year for your checkups and cleanings. To schedule your next appointment, contact Hoag and Dotsch today! We welcome patients of Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, Washington.