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Do you have questions about gum disease? If so, you’re not alone. Many people also have questions about this complex and complicated dental issue. Today, our dentists, Dr. Bailey and Dr. Huff, would like to help you find the answers you’re looking for so you can know more about the disease and how you can avoid it. To do so, we are happy to share the answers to the following commonly asked questions about gum disease:

Q: What is gum disease?
A: Gum disease is a destructive dental issue that can result in loose and lost teeth if it’s not treated. It is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth and along the gums. The first stage of the disease is called gingivitis. The second stage of the disease is called periodontitis.

Q: What are the symptoms of gum disease?
A: The symptoms involved with gingivitis are red gums, swollen gums, tender gums, bad breath and gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing, flossing and eating. The symptoms involved with periodontitis are receded gums, gum pockets, tender gums, loose teeth and lost teeth.

Q: What are the treatments available for gum disease?
A: Fortunately, there are many treatments that can help. For gingivitis, a routine professional dental cleaning may be able to treat the problem. For periodontitis, more invasive treatments may be needed, such as scaling and root planing, laser therapy and different types of grafts, including gum and bone grafts.

Do you have additional questions that weren’t included in this blog? Would you like to know more about gum disease treatment in Coos Bay, Oregon? If so, please reach out to South Coast Family Dentistry at 541-269-5353 when you get the chance. Our dental team will be more than happy to give you the answers you’re looking for. We look forward to your phone call!