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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Care

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Here at Northpark Dental, our entire staff is trained to answer your questions about your oral health. We encourage you to ask them, and we’ve even compiled a few of the most common ones here. Please call us if you can't find the answer you’re seeking.

Periodontal Care

Gum disease is a gum infection that can result in tooth loss, gum tissue loss, and destruction of the jawbone and connective tissues. Also, inflammation associated with untreated gum disease can contribute to health problems such as heart and lung complications.

Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented and controlled with excellent oral hygiene and professional dental care.

man getting periodontal treatment Gingivitis vs. Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis  Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and it’s reversible with prompt treatment. Gingivitis causes gum irritation and inflammation, and common symptoms include redness, swelling, and bleeding. Gently brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once daily, and getting routine dental checkups to help promote healthy gums and prevent gingivitis. 

Periodontal Disease – Periodontal disease is a more advanced stage of gum disease, and it’s not reversible. However, it can be controlled and managed with great oral health care, excellent dental hygiene, and professional treatment from your dentist. 

People of all ages have gingivitis and periodontal disease and can live happy, healthy lives with their condition under control. 

Periodontal Disease Treatment in Urbandale 

Are you looking for gum disease treatment near Urbandale and Johnston? Our dentists in Urbandale can help you! Please give us a call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ellen Babor or Dr. Trung Phan. 

We are pleased to serve patients of all ages in Urbandale and the surrounding areas. 

Periodontal treatment in Urbandale helps manage the infection in your gums, known as periodontal (gum) disease.

man smiling in mirror after getting periodontal treatment in urbandaleEarly Signs of Gum Disease

In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, the infection may cause your gums to swell, become red and irritated, or bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. Chronic bad breath is also another telltale sign of gum disease.

Our dentists typically recommend a thorough professional teeth cleaning and improvements to your home care routine to manage gingivitis. This can be enough for some patients to reverse their condition.

Advanced Gum Disease Treatment

Advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, requires different periodontal treatments. In this stage of gum disease, you may notice your teeth becoming mobile, and you might experience pain or tenderness when you chew and eat.

Patients managing periodontitis require a deeper cleaning to reach below the gumline and remove the tartar and bacteria causing the infection. Our dentists may also recommend antibiotic therapy to fight the infection. Severe cases of periodontitis may require gum surgery. 

Contact Our Johnston Dental Clinic

If you're noticing any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease and you're looking for "periodontal treatment near me," we encourage you to contact your Johnston dentist today at (515) 707-8050 to schedule a dental exam and teeth cleaning.

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