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It might seem typical for gums to bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth. However, these symptoms indicate the beginning of a developing condition called periodontal disease. Dentist in Tigard, OR Dr. Greg Williams treats all stages of periodontal disease.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can destroy the fundamental structure of your teeth. It can start with simple swollen and/or bleeding gums and progress over time to affect your overall health. Scientists have been studying the connection between periodontal disease and diabetes, respiratory disease, stroke and heart disease.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease begins with simple dental plaque that hasn’t been effectively cleaned from teeth. Plaque is the yellow substance that sticks to your teeth and, if not brushed and flossed away, results in tooth decay. Gums that are swollen and bleeding indicate that they’re infected with the bacteria found in plaque.

Signs of Gum Disease

Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs of periodontal disease. Eventually, plaque will spread along the gum line where it’s difficult to remove. When your gums swell, a space is formed between the gums and teeth, encouraging more bacteria to grow. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause teeth to become loose and eventually destroy the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone.

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Preventing Periodontal Disease

Brushing and flossing regularly, as well as visiting your dentist twice a year, can prevent periodontal disease. However, there are many additional ways to prevent periodontal disease:

  • Avoid using tobacco – smoking increases the risk and severity of periodontal disease
  • Clean crowded teeth – if your teeth are crowded or supported with bridgework, your dentist can recommend special tools to clean those hard-to-reach areas
  • Keep from clenching your teeth – the excess pressure can add to the symptoms of periodontal disease
  • Drink water – a dry mouth results in plaque build-up, so it’s important to drink plenty of water every day

How Is Periodontal Treatment Treated?

Another way to prevent and treat periodontal disease is to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a standard exam and cleaning; periodontal patients are often scheduled for visits every three months. Dr. Williams can talk with you about options if you require a more in-depth periodontal treatment.

After a basic cleaning, a periodontal treatment could include either a Periodontal Scaling or Root Planning and Scaling. Both treatments require more time and a certain amount of anesthesia depending on your personal needs.

If you have any trouble at all with your teeth or gums, see your dental professional as soon as you can to take the best possible care of your smile.

"Best dentist ever!! I’ve been going here ever since I was a little girl at the old location. Their new one is so nice and spotless. I’ve never had any problems with my teeth and I owe a lot of that to them. I would recommend them to anyone."

Kierstin M

"Dr. Williams is incredibly talented. His staff is exceptional as well, whether the role is administrative or clinical. I absolutely believe that their primary concern is my long term health. In addition, Dr. Williams has invested in technology so you can rest assured that you will be treated with the latest standards and protocols. Finally, Dr. Williams and staff were extremely delicate, gentle and amazingly focused on delivering an excellent customer service experience."

Steve A

"Dr Williams has been my dentist for over 15 years. I have absolute confidence in his professional abilities, and everyone in the office is friendly, professional, and highly skilled. I’ve had root canals and crowns, regular cleanings, and periodontal work done and have always been impressed by the care and followup."

Teri H

"When you meet Dr. Williams, you realize you've found that rare dentist who considers the needs of his patient with the kind of concern that makes you feel like part of a family."

Holly S

Contact Us / Directions

Gregory A. Williams DMD, PC

11820 SW King James Pl Ste 40
Tigard, OR 97224

Phone: (503) 620-2020
Fax: (503) 624-5796

Email: [email protected]

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