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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Gum disease is a common and serious dental ailment. Often presenting first as gingivitis with sore, swollen, or bleeding gums. If it’s not treated, it can progress to periodontitis – a more severe condition that can lead to loss of healthy gum tissue, weak support, and even loss of teeth. 

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Treatment of gum disease can include better oral health care habits, laser treatment to clean the gums, or even surgery. Spokane, Washington, dentist Dr. Richard Weigand explains more and helps find the right dentistry treatment near you.

Types of dental care for gum disease

The first step to treating gum disease is to prevent it. Proper brushing and flossing are important, as is getting help if you suspect a problem. For example, bleeding, sore, or inflamed gums are often a sign of infection. Additionally, teeth begin to look longer, or bad breath that just won’t go away are also potential red flags.

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If caught early, gum disease can be reversed with better oral care practices and non-invasive treatments, such as deep cleanings or medications. However, if left untreated, gum disease will not simply go away. It will continue to infect the gums, causing further problems for the patient. This is problematic not just for your dental health but also for your overall wellness, as gum disease has been linked to health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory ailments. 

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Even in advanced stages, gum disease can be treated. In many offices, advanced gum disease would require invasive gum surgery that could be painful and require days of recovery. Dr. Weigand offers laser gum surgery, using a new technology that removes the harmful infection and bacteria from deep below the patient’s gumline. It is effective in maintaining healthy tissue while eliminating gum disease. Unlike traditional gum disease, it does not require incisions or stitches, instead it utilizes a high-energy laser to resolve the gum disease.  

Gum disease is a serious condition that should be treated by a trusted dentist. If your gums are sore or you believe that you have gum disease, call the office of Richard D. Weigand, DDS, at (509) 485-8620 today to schedule a consultation.  

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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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