Waterhouse Family Dental
CALL: (503) 614-0454
16055 SW Regatta Ln Suite #800
Beaverton, OR 97006

Periodontal Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.



Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:

•  Gums that bleed easily
•  Red, swollen, tender gums that have pulled away from the teeth
•  Persistent bad breath or bad taste
•  Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
•  Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
•  Any change in the fit of partial dentures

There are many factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease including smoking, pregnancy, and diabetes. It is important to visit Waterhouse Family Dental if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better.

The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.

Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.

Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke.

Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that our dentists diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.


Non-Insured New Patients

FREE Second Opinion Consultation
$65 Children's Exam,
X-rays, Cleaning
$95 Adult's Exam,
X-rays, Cleaning
$65 Adult's Comprehensive Exam and X-rays


* If you are insured, your insurance will be billed. If your insurance has a deductible, you must pay a small out-of-pocket cost. Does not include Periodontal "Gum" Therapy. Not valid with any other offer, discount, or HMO plan. No cash value. Other restrictions may apply.

Free Whitening for Life is a $300. value. Call for details. Custom Trays With Refills At Regularly Scheduled 6-month Cleanings. Whitening for Life offer is contingent upon patient receiving regular examinations and cleanings in minimum 6-month intervals at this office and all required dental treatment is completed.

These offers are for new, non-insured patients.














 

*Disclaimer: If you are insured, your insurance will be billed. If your insurance requires a co-payment, you must pay a small out-of-pocket cost. Does not include Periodontal "Gum" Therapy. Not valid with any other offer, discount, or HMO plan. No cash value. Other restrictions may apply.


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