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Gum Disease Treatment – Bend, OR

Protecting Your Gums for a Healthy Smile and Body

Woman smilingGum disease is an incredibly common problem that affects around 50% of the US population. While your teeth often get most of the attention when you think about dental health, your gums play an important role in their support and they can even affect your overall wellbeing. Thankfully, Dr. Joshua Prentice is experienced in providing gum disease treatment in Bend to keep your smile and body as healthy as possible. Keep reading to learn more about gum disease, how it can impact your overall health, and how we treat it at Ponderosa Dental Center.

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What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection and inflammation of your gums and supportive tissue. Usually caused by poor oral healthcare that leads to plaque and tartar buildup, gum disease can lead to damage to your gums, tissue, and even tooth loss. The earliest stage of gum disease can be reversed through routine oral healthcare and regular preventive dentistry appointments at our dental office, but once it progresses, it can cause irreversible damage.

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease?

It’s important to be able to recognize the common signs and symptoms of gum disease in order to seek treatment early on. Contact our dental care team if you notice any warning signs:

  • Red or puffy gums
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Changes in bite
  • Loose teeth

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How Can Gum Disease Affect My Overall Health?

Besides the damage it can do to your gums and smile, this disease can also have an impact on your overall health. Studies show that gum disease increases your risk of cardiovascular disease by 20%. Additionally, it can cause higher risks of certain cancers, immune disorders, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s. With studies continuing to pile up linking gum disease with your overall health, taking care of your gums and seeking treatment when you notice symptoms is vital to your wellbeing.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

At Ponderosa, we carefully and comprehensively treat gum disease to stop symptoms in their tracks and prevent issues in the future. Dr. Prentice, an expert dentist in Bend, uses a technique called scaling and root planing. Using this treatment, he will clean plaque and tartar off of your teeth, above and below the gumline. Tartar can only be removed by a professional and it’s one of the leading causes of gum disease. Once your teeth and gums are clean, he will smooth out your tooth roots to make it harder for plaque and bacteria to collect under your gumline in the future. This treatment combined with routine dental checkups, cleanings, and a good oral healthcare routine will prevent you from more damage in the future. Additionally, if you smoke, use tobacco products, or drink alcohol heavily, you’re increasing your risk of gum disease. Limiting these unhealthy habits can help keep your gums healthy down the road.