What Is Periodontal Disease And How Do You Avoid It?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease affects almost everyone and is the leading cause of tooth loss and other dental problems. Gum disease starts by tartar and plaque buildup on your teeth. Normal brushing and flossing can sometimes miss areas of your mouth, which then allows harmful bacteria to grow. This then can affect your gums and lead to gum disease if not treated.

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How Can Dr. Scott Laudon Help?

Gum Disease Treatment In Anchorage AlaskaIt’s no secret that having healthy gums is important to your overall health. Gum disease can become a serious condition that affects not just your appearance but also your jawbone, can cause your teeth to fall out and increase your risk of other health problems.

Dr. Scott Laudon, DMD has devoted the past 25 years serving the Anchorage area as one of the top dentist. He knows what it takes to help people who have gum disease. If you have signs of gum disease it can be stopped if treated early on. Dr. Laudon will check you for signs of gum disease, which is why we suggest you come see us at least once every six months!

What Are The Early Warning Signs Of Gum Disease?

Red and swollen gums, sometimes they will be tender or painful

Bleeding

Puss

You see the roots of your teeth

Your teeth become loose or wiggle

Constant bad breath (caused by the bacteria).

Constantly have a bad taste in your mouth (also caused by the bacteria)

Its important to come see us immediately if you have any of the above signs.

What You Need To Know About Gum Disease

Gum disease can affect anyone at any age. You might have it but don’t even know it. It can start slowly and develop over time. When you notice something wrong, its probably because your tooth is about to fall out or you have red or painful gums.

Gum disease is serious and you need to seek help as soon as you notice problems. It attacks the tissues that support your teeth, which is why you may lose a tooth or notice a tooth feels ‘wiggly’. It all starts with plaque that attaches itself to your teeth. Plaque is filled with harmful bacteria which begins the process of gum disease.

When plaque isn’t removed from regular brushing and flossing it turns into tartar. This tartar is what needs to be removed by your dentist/hygienist, because simple brushing and flossing no longer work. Tartar allows infection to begin developing in your gums.

Without treatment by your dentist, your gums will begin to break down affecting your entire mouth, jawbone, teeth and eventually your health.

What Are The Health Risks Of Gum Disease?

Research has been able to link gum disease to diabetes, heart disease and other inflammatory health conditions.

What Do We Do To Treat Gum Disease?

If you see us every six months for a professional cleaning we will be able to catch gum disease in its early stages. But if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, its probably good to come in for an exam. In the early stages, its best to improve your brushing and flossing. This can stop gum disease from progressing. If you have a more advanced stage of gum disease then our dentist will need to exam the affected areas to see what can be done.

Remember that that best way to stop gum disease is by regular brushing, flossing and coming to the dentist at least once every six month. If you do all three of these, you may never have to worry about gum disease.

Think You Have Gum Disease? Schedule An Appointment Today

(907) 562-4774