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Dr. Leif Gambee
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Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush? How Gum Disease Treatment Saves Your Smile

November 24, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Leif Gambee

Have you noticed a change in your gums? Maybe they bleed when you brush, or they look swollen and inflamed. What you’re seeing are symptoms of periodontal or gum disease, and you need treatment sooner rather than later.

Your dentist in Yamhill County focuses on prevention as a way to help you avoid gum disease. But don’t worry—if you’ve recently been diagnosed with a gum infection, you’ll appreciate our judgment-free treatment and the support you need to get your gums healthy again.

Gum Disease Treatment

If You Have Gingivitis

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you notice symptoms like bleeding or puffy gums, it’s best to seek treatment with your dentist in Yamhill County right away.

Gingivitis is usually relatively easy to treat; a thorough professional teeth cleaning, combined with improved brushing and flossing techniques, is often all that’s needed to eliminate the gum infection. 

If Gingivitis Advances to Periodontitis 

If you don’t get treatment for gingivitis, the infection advances, which puts you at risk for tooth loss. This stage is called periodontitis, and the infection creates pockets between your teeth and gums that cause your teeth to loosen. Ultimately, periodontitis starts to break down bone in your jaw, leading to loose teeth that your dentist may need to remove.

To control periodontitis, your dental hygienist will recommend a procedure called a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing (SRP). You will need to make significant improvements to your oral hygiene routine, and your hygienist will recommend dental cleanings as often as four times a year to control the disease.

We Can Help You Control Gum Disease

Gum disease usually develops because of plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. Both are filled with bacteria that cause your gums to become inflamed and infected. 

If you see symptoms of gum disease, call your dentist in Yamhill County right away to schedule a teeth cleaning and exam. You’ll receive high-quality, judgment-free care from a dental team whose only concern is to help you achieve your healthiest smile.

Please call Clark Dental to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.

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Covid-19 Update

We are doing our part and help get everyone through the current dilemma. We will be consolidating some of our clinics but otherwise continue to provide urgent and emergency dental care. We will be donating our extra supplies to local hospitals to help them in their effort to better care for those affected.

To also help, we are now expanding our hours in some of our clinics from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  We hope these extended hours will not only better serve our patients but will help keep dental emergencies from overloading value space in emergency rooms.