Periodontitis: Your Gums' Worst Enemy

Gum Disease

Also known as periodontal disease, is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissues which is caused by bacteria.  It silently destroys bone and other supporting structures of the teeth. Most people go many years unaware of periodontal disease and its destruction of the supporting structures eventually leads to tooth loss.  It is the major cause of about 75 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal disease includes gingivitis and periodontitis.  

Removing plaque through daily brushing, flossing and professional cleaning with Alem Family Dental is the best way to minimize your risk. Dr. Alem and her team can diagnose peridontal disease and design a personalized program of professional and  home oral care to meet your needs. 

Signs of periodontal diseases:

Easily bleeding gums

Redness and inflammation

Bone loss

Gum Recession

Teeth movement or separation

Pocket formation

Bad breath (halitosis)


Recent research links periodontal to certain sysemic diseases such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, preterm birth and other diseases:

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747 N 185th St

Ste 101

Shoreline, WA 98133







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