What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious condition that causes your gums to become inflamed and infected. As gum disease progresses, it pulls your gums away from your teeth, creating pockets of bacteria that can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss. Gum disease is characterized by loose teeth and bleeding, swollen gums. At Rainier Dental Center, we provide multiple treatments to combat gum disease, such as scaling and root planing.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning methods used to remove infected gum tissue and smooth the surface of your tooth where bacteria linger. When combined with a dental cleaning and completed over a number of weeks, scaling and root planing can be utilized as a full mouth debridement.

How can I take care of my gums at home?

While visiting our office is essential for the health of your gums, it is also important to take care of your smile at home. Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, our friendly dentist, will provide you and your family with detailed instructions on how to floss correctly and what you can do at home to promote good gum health. For all of the ways we can combat gum disease in Seattle, Washington, please contact our dental office today. We care about the health of your entire smile!