When to See a PeriodontistHere at Snohomish Family Dentistry, we specialize in periodontal disease. We help patients prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease can come in many forms. Many people have heard of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. Any form of periodontal disease must be treated or it will get worse. Most cases of periodontal disease are caused by the bacterial biofilm that collects around the teeth because of a lack of daily oral care.

Studies have actually shown that about 50% of American adults suffer from some form of periodontal disease. This is simply a result of them not taking care of their mouth like they should. The good news is that periodontal disease is curable and as long as you see a periodontist, you will no longer suffer from the disease.

The earlier that you see a periodontist, the better off your mouth will be. The first symptoms of gingivitis are red and swollen gums. You may notice that your gums bleed much more easily than normal.

All general dentists are able to diagnose periodontal disease, though it can be helpful to see a specialist. A periodontist will ensure that the disease is properly cared for and does not get worse and start affecting the rest of your body.

If you or a family member would like to see a qualified, friendly dentist, make sure that you call (360) 568-5411.