Access Dental


Family & General Dentistry located in Olympia, WA

Periodontal services offered in Olympia, WA

Healthy gums are an integral part of your oral health and also factor into overall health. When periodontal issues arise, the team at Access Dental in Olympia, Washington, is here to help. You can schedule an appointment online or over the phone at your earliest convenience.

Periodontal Q&A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the term used to describe gum disease. The two main types of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. 


The earliest stages of gum disease, gingivitis can also be reversed with adherence to a solid dental hygiene routine. If your dentist explains you have signs of gingivitis, consider this an early warning and take steps to prevent the onset of periodontitis. 


At this stage, your gum tissue begins to pull away from the surface of your teeth, creating small pockets where plaque and bacteria can thrive and where you can’t reach with brushing or flossing. Left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth and bone loss. 

Significant research shows that when your gum tissue no longer creates an effective seal between your mouth and bloodstream, potentially dangerous bacteria could enter your body and cause or contribute to serious health issues like stroke or heart disease. 

What are some signs I might need periodontal care?

Knowing the signs of gum disease empowers you to take action. Some of the indications of gingivitis include:

  • Slightly swollen gums
  • Signs of blood after brushing or flossing
  • Sensitive gums
  • Receding gums

Some of the indications of periodontitis include:

  • Painful gums
  • Gums that are deep red or visibly swollen
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • New spaces between teeth

If you experience any of these changes, book a visit at Access Dental for a thorough dental exam. 

What are some treatments for periodontal disease?

If you have gingivitis, the best approach is to come in for a professional cleaning and embrace a healthy dental hygiene routine. You can usually reverse gingivitis with enhanced brushing and flossing habits. 

If you have periodontitis, your dentist advises you on the best treatment approach. A procedure called scaling and root planing, often referred to as a “deep cleaning,” uses special dental tools to manually remove all traces of plaque and tartar, including beneath the gumline. Your dentist also smooths the surface of your tooth roots to reduce plaque adhesion. 

There are also medications that help control periodontitis. In some cases, gum grafting is the best option to replace severely damaged or receding gum tissue. 

When you’re ready to learn more, call or click to schedule an appointment at Access Dental.