Gum Disease Specialist

Michael  Kim, DDS -  - Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry

Michael Kim, DDS

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in Mequon, WI

Bleeding, sore gums can be a sign of gum disease – a serious cause of tooth loss in the United States. Michael Kim, DDS, can treat periodontal, or gum, disease and help you restore good oral health and prevent tooth decay. Call his office in Mequon, Wisconsin, or book an appointment online to learn more about how to prevent and treat gum disease.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Periodontal disease is a degenerative condition usually caused by the bacteria found in plaque. The plaque builds up on your teeth and infiltrates your gums, so they become inflamed. The early stages of gum disease, gingivitis, appears with swollen gums and bleeding with brushing or flossing. At this point, gum disease can be reversed with good oral hygiene and professional care.

If gum disease progresses beyond gingivitis, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from your teeth and form pockets, which can become debris-ridden pockets. This can lead to the breakdown of bone and connective tissue that holds teeth in their place. With time, gum disease can cause tooth loss.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

The early stage of gum disease may appear as puffy, reddened gums that bleed easily. Other symptoms include:

  • Tender and receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth bite down together
  • Formation of deep pockets between your teeth and gums

Get to Dr. Kim as soon as you notice any potential symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease. With treatment, you can prevent progression of the condition and save your teeth.

How is gum disease treated?

Dr. Kim individualizes your gum disease treatment according to the progression of your disease. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need additional professional cleanings, improved at-home hygiene techniques, and antibiotic treatment. If your disease has progressed, you may need a deep procedure called scaling and root planing or even gum surgery. Dr. Kim wants to restore your oral health and halt the progression of gum disease.

How can gum disease be prevented?

Prevent gum disease with pristine at-home oral hygiene. Brush at least two times per day, and floss once per day. Schedule regular professional cleanings to clear away excess plaque. If you’re particularly susceptible to gum disease due to genetics or a medical condition, you benefit from more regular professional cleanings.

To learn how to make your gums and teeth as healthy as possible, call the office, or book an appointment by using the online tool.