Gum Disease


Helping our patients set up a great oral care routine that helps keep their teeth strong and healthy is one of the most important goals we have at Pickens Family Dentistry. In fact, we would say that one of our primary goals is to help prevent serious issues from developing entirely. With that said, sometimes issues exist that must be treated. In these situations, we are proud to offer the very best in care to our patients. We work hard to help you regain and retain the highest level of oral health possible, even when suffering from something like gum disease.

Gum Disease

When people hear the term “gum disease”, they often picture rotting teeth or terribly discolored gums. It is important that you understand that gum disease can start off quite innocuously. Instead of picturing severe decay, you might be more accurate to think about slightly swollen gums that are a bit tender to the touch – because that is how gum disease can begin. For many people, the first symptoms of gum disease are bleeding when brushing their teeth and tender gums. That probably doesn’t sound as obvious as you were expecting, right? I mean, sure, many people would call their dentists if they encountered that kind of issue – but many people might also assume their gums are irritated by brushing too hard or even something that they ate, and might put off going in to get it checked

Gum disease is something that should always be on your mind, and you should carefully watch your teeth and gums for signs that anything is amiss. That includes gums that are a bit tender or bleed while you brush, as these are often early warning signs that something is going on. Should you develop these symptoms, it is important that you come in and see us as quickly as possible. If you do not, then you risk running into more serious issues that could lead to tooth loss and extreme pain.

Gum Disease Treatment

Although gum disease is a chronic condition, there are effective treatment options available that can help to keep your mouth and your teeth just as healthy as possible. At Pickens Family Dentistry, we will work with you to determine the scope of the problems in question as well as to come up with the best treatment plan possible. That means that we must see you, of course, which in turn means that you have to come in for treatment. This is especially important if you are suffering from gum disease, as visiting us regularly can help dramatically lessen your symptoms as well as the damage that is done to your teeth. We can even do things like remove diseased gum tissue without disturbing any healthy gum tissue that happens to remain around your teeth! There is truly a wide variety of options available when it comes to treating your gum disease.

For more information about gum disease and treatment options, contact Pickens Family Dentistry today (360) 447-6355! Our experienced professionals are happy to help.
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Pickens Family Dentistry


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