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Protect Overall Health With Gum Care

Your St. John dentist is here to help you fight and prevent gum disease.

About 75 percent of Americans will have some form of gum disease in their lives. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss, and the disease has been linked to problems like diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar buildup. Some patients with gum disease will experience redness, swelling, or bleeding gums, but it’s also possible to have no symptoms.

At Creating Smiles, we encourage all of our patients to be proactive about signs of gum disease by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. If you do have signs of gum problems, we can treat your gum issues with minimally invasive treatments.

Managing Gum Disease

Dr. Kapers provides in-house periodontal or gum disease treatment to find and control your gum disease before it takes over your mouth. As part of his soft-tissue management program, Dr. Kapers evaluates patients about once every three months. We recommend the frequent visits because rampant gum disease can destroy bone and soft tissue, which can lead to total tooth loss.

Our office treats gum disease with scaling and root planing. Gum disease treatment allows us to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup around and below the gumline or any gum disease symptoms to reduce the periodontal pocket that forms when your gums are infected. Bacteria that causes gum disease can reproduce and multiply quickly, so it’s important to keep all of your dental cleanings and exam appointments.

Even patients with impeccable preventive care practices can fall victim to gum disease! But you can drastically decrease your risk for tooth loss and other dental issues that develop in the later stages of gum disease by visiting our office for your regular cleanings.

By partnering with Creating Smiles, you can keep your smile healthy for the rest of your life! If you have questions about our gum disease treatment and management problem, call our St. John dental office at 219-322-9920 or the Valparaiso location at 219-462-1970. You can also use our online form to schedule an appointment.