Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is caused by bacteria in your mouth. Many patients do not realize that their gums are infected, but gum disease is a serious threat.

In order to prevent tooth loss and other health complications linked to periodontal disease, watch diligently for the signs of gum disease. If you bleed easily when brushing and flossing, or you have swollen or receding gums, contact our office straight away.

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Gum disease is an inflammation in the gums, caused by the accumulation of bacteria on the teeth and gumline. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Teeth that appear longer than they used to
  • Gums that are receding, or pulling back from the teeth
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Swollen, red, or inflamed gums
  • Tender gums
  • Discomfort when chewing


At Cascadia Family Dental, our goal is to effectively mitigate gum disease before it causes your smile any permanent harm. We provide deep cleanings to reverse gum disease and restore your oral health.

The deep cleaning process includes two parts: scaling and root planning.

During scaling, our highly trained and gentle hygienists remove all of the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline. Root planning means smoothing out the tooth roots to help the gums reattach to the teeth, and prevent future bacteria buildup.

Mild cases of gum disease may be reversed after a single deep cleaning. Other patients may need to return a few times for deep cleanings or regular cleanings to remove all of the stubborn plaque.

Don’t worry—your comfort is important to us. We will provide a local anesthetic during the process so you can remain pain-free.

If you believe you may be experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, call Cascadia Family Dental to schedule an appointment with our caring dentist today.