Bell Harbour Dental
2623 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

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Gum Disease and Overall Health

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the tissue which occurs in genetically susceptible individuals. Dr. Pawlowski will check for signs and symptoms of gum disease and offer options for treatment.

How is plaque harmful?

In susceptible individuals dental plaque, a bacterial film on the teeth, causes inflammation and leads to tissue and bone loss.

Plaque buildup is one cause of periodontal disease.  When regular brushing and flossing don’t clear away the plaque, it can harden into a hard, brownish substance called tartar.  Plaque and tartar contain bacterial allergens that stimulate inflammation in the gum tissues.  It takes a dental professional to remove tartar.

Plaque begins forming on teeth 4 to 12 hours after brushing.  It plaque becomes tartar, it’s harder for you to dislodge new plaque and bacteria.  That’s why it’s so important to brush at least twice each day and to floss daily.

What type of medication do we use to treat gum disease? How do we treat gum disease?

We typically start treatment with a combination of antibiotics specially designed to attack the bacteria that harbor the allergens responsible for gum disease.  We give you appropriate tools, such as proxy brushes and stimulators, and coaching to up your technique to allow for improved home maintenance. This is followed by routine maintenance on a long term medication which is safe and designed to block the inflammation caused by bacterial allergens. When combined with a microscopic removal of tartar from the tooth roots, periodontal disease can be safely and reliably arrested.

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