Gum Disease Treatment in Mount Vernon, WA


Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque (a sticky form of bacteria that forms on the teeth). If the plaque is not removed by flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups, it will continue to build up and create toxins that can damage the gums. Gum disease forms just below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth.

Periodontal disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis causes swollen, inflamed gums that bleed easily. At this stage, gingivitis can be reversed with diligent brushing and flossing and regular dental care. If gingivitis is not taken care of, it can progress to periodontitis. At this stage, the disease causes irreversible bone loss and may result in the loss of teeth. The factors that contribute to gum disease include:

  • Smoking/ tobacco use
  • Heredity
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes
  • Poor daily dental care
  • Not having regular hygiene visits at our Mount Vernon dental office

Gum Disease Prevention

Prevention of gum disease begins with having regular dental visits, brushing twice daily, and cleaning in between your teeth with floss. You don't have to lose teeth to periodontal disease, and by practicing good oral hygiene at home, you can significantly reduce your chances of ever getting gum disease in the first place.

At Fernandez Dental, we look at the whole body system and evaluate all factors when customizing a home dental care plan for each patient. By carefully assessing your individual needs, we will give you helpful advice and the tools you need to help make your dental care at home easier and more productive.