Gum Disease Specialist

Bellevue Family Dental -  - Dentist

Bellevue Family Dental

Dentist located in Bellevue, WA

Gum disease can cause a wide range of severe dental problems if left untreated, including bleeding, inflammation, and toothaches. At Bellevue Family Dental in Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Daniel Mashoof offers several treatments to heal gum disease effectively and prevent complications. To schedule a personalized consultation today, call or request an appointment online.

Gum Disease Q & A

Bellevue Family Dental

What is gum disease?

Gum disease — often referred to as periodontal disease — is an infection of the gum tissue that can affect many aspects of your dental health.

This condition is common among adults, and many people don’t realize they have it. Left untreated, it can cause tooth loss or permanent damage to your gums.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Gum disease may not be obvious at first. Over time, however, problems may start to develop, including:

  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • Redness in the gums
  • Pain while chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

If you have any of these symptoms, consider having Dr. Mashoof perform an oral examination to help determine the best course of action for treatment.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease can develop for several reasons. One of the most common causes is the buildup of plaque. Plaque attracts bacteria, which can lead to infection.

Even if you take excellent care of your teeth, gum disease can develop due to:

  • Medical conditions: like diabetes, which reduces the body’s ability to fight off infection
  • Smoking: one of the biggest risk factors for gum disease
  • Hormonal changes: especially in females
  • Medications: drugs can prevent the proper flow of saliva

How is gum disease treated?

At Bellevue Family Dental, Dr. Mashoof can help restore your oral health. Depending on the cause and nature of your gum disease, there are numerous treatment options. These may include deep cleanings or gum scaling and root planing, Ozone treatment, treatment with hydrogen peroxide gel and laser treatment.

Pinhole surgery can also help patients with receding gums. This is a procedure wherein Dr. Mashoof creates a tiny hole, through which he strategically places collagen strips under the gums to help the tissue stabilize and repair.

In the meantime, it’s a good idea to use a Waterpik with an antibacterial agent such as hydrogen peroxide. Also, a healthy diet can strengthen your immune system and help it fight infection.

To request a consultation about gum disease with Bellevue Family Dental today, call or request an appointment online.