Dentist - Grand Rapids
422 North Park St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525



By North Park Family Dental
September 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

How can reddened, sore gum tissue harm your oral and overall health? The problem lies in the inflammation caused by bacteria in plaque Gum_Diseaseand tartar, an issue that can lead to both tooth and bone loss. Fortunately, here at North Park Family Dental in Grand Rapids, MI, your dentist, Dr. Robert Dame, checks for signs of gum disease and takes action against this serious dental issue. Read on to learn more.


Signs your gums are in trouble

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults, although it does plague teens and children, too. Usually, poor oral hygiene precipitates gingivitis which, if left untreated, develops into periodontitis, a condition that causes tooth loss and systemic health problems such as stroke, atherosclerosis, dementia, diabetes, and more.

Along with inflammation, these signs are diagnostic for gum disease:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Pus
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth mobility
  • Bad breath
  • Pockets between teeth and gums which measure three millimeters or more


How your Grand Rapids dentist can help

Dr. Dame tells patients that prevention is key to combating gum disease. Prevention includes daily flossing and brushing to remove plaque and avoid hard tartar. Additionally, a high-fiber and low-sugar diet nourishes gums, while adequate water intake increases saliva production, thus leading to cleaner teeth. Finally, six-month cleanings and check-ups at North Park Family Dental can catch gum problems early, making intervention simple and effective.

If gum disease has progressed, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning and root planing to remove tartar deposits from under the gum line. Dr. Dame may apply antibiotic medication, too.


Concerned? Give us a call

If you have any questions or concerns about your gum health, please contact Dr. Robert Dame of North Park Family Dental in Grand Rapids, MI. Be sure to schedule your routine examination and cleaning, too. Call the office at (616) 361-7265.