Our dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, does everything in her power to help you maintain a healthy smile. The best way to avoid gum disease is to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once daily, and see Dr. Bandos every six months for a teeth cleaning and exam. Otherwise, plaque and tartar will build up on the surface of your gums and cause irritation, bleeding, and swelling.
Learn how gum disease treatment can help.
How We Diagnose Gum Disease
People with periodontal disease tend to have deep gum pockets around their teeth. Our Kalamazoo dentist and hygienists are trained to check for receding gums by measuring the depth of these pockets. We’ll also examine the inside of your mouth for bleeding or swollen gums, loose teeth, and bone loss. If we diagnose you with periodontal disease, we’ll be able to identify the stage and recommend appropriate gum disease treatment.
How We Treat Periodontal Disease
While periodontitis is irreversible, there are still things you can do to prevent its progression. For example, Dr. Bandos offers scaling and root planing. During this gum disease treatment, we remove plaque and tartar from the gum pockets around your teeth. We then smooth out your tooth roots, so your receding gums have the best chance of reattaching to teeth.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
Stage 1: Gingivitis → plaque buildup, swollen gums, bleeding gums
Stage 2: Periodontitis → tartar buildup, receding gums, deepening gum pockets, early stages of bone loss
Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis → destruction of gums, bone, and ligament tissues; loosening and loss of teeth; more severe bone loss
Schedule Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Katherine Bandos is proud to serve as your local dentist in Kalamazoo, MI. To discover how you may benefit from gum disease treatment, please call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.