About Gum Disease

The Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

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Almost 65 Million...

Almost 65 million members of the adult population have some form of gum disease, and many of them may not even know.* This knowledge is overwhelmingly concerning because diagnosis and treatment of gum disease as early as possible is critical to saving your smile. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss when left untreated, but caught in its earliest stages, referred to as gingivitis, the effects are reversible.

Dr. Richard D. Weigand is a Fellow in the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) and has advanced laser training at the Biolase headquarters and has dedicated himself to helping his patients recognize and treat gum disease as early as possible.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Some patients do not experience any symptoms of gum disease, but those that do may notice:

  • Red, Swollen or Bleeding Gums
  • Bad Breath, or Halitosis
  • Tooth Pain or Sensitivity
  • Receding Gums
  • Loose or Shifting Teeth
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The Importance of Treating Gum Disease

As gum disease progresses into its more advanced stages, called periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, non-reversible effects begin. These effects may include the loss of teeth and dangerous systemic illnesses that scientists believe may stem from bacteria entering the blood stream.

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Gum Disease is Linked to:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Pre-term Labor
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
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The Proof is in our Patients

Dr. Weigand truly has the most up to date and experienced dental equipment and staff in Spokane. My experience has always been very pleasant and informative. As I get older my teeth keep getting healthier under his care. Thanks!
– Timothy T.

Take care of your smile with consistent dental care.