Gum Disease Treatment & Prevention
How we help you fight and prevent gum disease
At Dr. Courtney's office we regularly help our patients treat gum disease. This is one of the most important services we offer.
Over 75% of Americans unknowingly suffer from gum disease. Understanding the different stages of gum disease and what causes it can help you avoid sever dental problems in the future.
Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria in your mouth. Over time these bacteria settle in deep pockets of your gums where they continue to grow and separate your teeth from the gums themselves. At this stage gum disease is known as "gingivitis" and is easily manageable through "deep cleaning" with one of our experienced hygienists.
Why treating Gum Disease is so important
The biggest problem with gum disease is that your body will not fight and treat the problem without help. Once the bacteria are growing in your gums, they will continue to do so until they are removed from your gums completely.
Eventually the bacteria expands the pockets of your gums to the point that your teeth start to loosen, and the infection spreads into the bone. This leads to bone loss and tooth loss, all of which can occur starting when a person is in their 20's and 30's.
Dr. Courtney can help prevent these problems through regular cleanings and checkups, and, where necessary, deep cleaning and antibiotic treatment.
Thorough, gentle deep cleanings with our hygienists
Our hygienists will become some of your best friends in dental care. They take care to explain what the find in your mouth and recommend brushing and flossing techniques to keep your teeth healthy.
If you do have signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, inflamed (red or puffy) gums, loose teeth, persistent bad breath or any signs of sores in the gum area, our hygienists will perform deep cleanings. During this process they go deep into the pockets of your gums to remove the bacteria causing gum disease. They will take to be thorough, while still being as gentle as possible in their approach.
Call us at 425-430-0400 to make an appointment or request a dental appointment online.