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Red Wing Dentist | Red Wing dental care | MN | Periodontal (gum) disease

                          

 

Matt Vaillant, DDS, FAGD

 

421 West 4th Street
Red Wing, MN 55066

(651) 388-6709

Periodontal (gum) disease
AGD Member
 

Periodontal (gum) disease is a disease that often is missed until it has progressed, due to having little to no symptoms. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.

Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.

In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.

 
 
 
Dr. Matt Vaillant is a Red Wing Dentist who provides Cosmetic Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Root Canals, Teeth Whitening, Dental Implants, Oral Surgery