Periodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases and other problems involving your gums. Your gums play an important role in your oral health and function, holding your teeth in place and helping to protect your mouth and body from harmful bacteria. Newport Dental offers a number of periodontal treatments, including:
The most common type of problem you can experience with your gums is periodontal disease. This is a degenerative condition caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria infect and inflame the gum tissues. The early stages of gum disease are known as gingivitis, and when diagnosed in this stage, the disease is easy to treat. In fact, it can be entirely eradicated. However, if the disease progresses to a more severe stage of development known as periodontitis, it is impossible to completely destroy and requires more aggressive treatment.
Some common signs of periodontal disease include:
- Unusually red gums
- Gums that are swollen or tender
- Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing, flossing or eating
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the fit of oral appliances
- Changes in your bite
- Gum recession
We strongly encourage you to make and keep all your regular dental appointments, as this will allow our dentist to diagnose and treat gum disease in the earliest stages of development.
For more information about periodontics in Bellevue, Washington, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Han, call us today at 425-641-5303.