Dear Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
    • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
    • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
    • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (509) 485-8620 or visit our website at

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Richard D. Weigand, DDS

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Take Control of Your Oral Health with Gum Disease Treatment Options

Do you have bad breath that won’t go away? Are you noticing blood spots on the sink when brushing? These could be signs of gum disease, and you need to act swiftly while you still have time. At Richard D. Weigand, DDS, we offer gentle yet effective periodontal treatment options to ensure that all Spokane, Washington, residents enjoy a healthy smile.

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Understanding gum disease

It only takes a slight slip-up on your oral hygiene regimen to start seeing symptoms of gum disease. Poor habits like smoking and eating sugary foods can also contribute to gum disease. But how exactly does gum disease occur?

Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up along the gum line, encouraging the growth of bacteria that infects the gums. When plaque forms on the gums, the body tries to fight it off with an inflammatory response. As a result, you may see redness or swelling around the gums.

Stages of gum disease

Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which affects the surface of the gums. At this stage, the condition is reversible since the deep gum tissues are intact. Common symptoms at this stage include bleeding when brushing and redness on the gums.

When you don’t treat gum disease at an early stage, it progresses to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that affects the structures supporting your teeth. Unfortunately, periodontitis isn’t curable but can be treated by a dentist.

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Gum disease treatment options

Gum disease differs from one patient to another. Dr. Richard Weigand understands this, and that’s why he devises a personalized approach to treat gum disease. Depending on the stage of your gum disease, below are the treatment options we have:

  • Scaling and root planing: Scaling eliminates plaque from your teeth and below the gum line. Root planing smoothes out tooth roots, removing and discouraging bacteria buildup.
  • Laser therapy: Uses a special light to cure inflamed tissues in moderate to advanced periodontitis. Laser therapy can also perform gingivectomy that involves the removal and reshaping of diseased gum tissue.

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Are you looking for an effective and gentle periodontal care treatment in Spokane, Washington? Please dial (509) 485-8620 to book an appointment with Richard D. Weigand, DDS. Trust our dental team to restore your oral health.

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Dr. Richard Weigand

Richard D. Weigand, DDS

Dr. Richard Weigand is trusted and respected by the communities in Spokane, WA for his skill and expertise and his genuine concern for patients. He has won numerous accolades for his services.

He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and World Clinical Laser Institute and a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Spokane District Dental Society, and Washington State Dental Association. He is certified with the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, Pacific Aesthetic Continuum (Live), World Clinical Laser Institute, and the Spear Center in Scottsdale, AZ. He is also co-founder of the Spokane Practice Management Club.

Dr. Weigand shares his knowledge and experience through journal and magazine articles and media interviews. He has also contributed to many community projects.
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