Photo of Lake Oswego dentist using a CO2 soft tissue laser

We believe it’s our job to protect your whole health by providing superior, long-term preventive and restorative dental care. When your oral health declines, so does your overall health, as demonstrated by periodontal disease (gum disease). Periodontal disease is not just a serious dental concern — it has been linked to heart disease and diabetes, as well as low birth weight in children born to women with periodontal disease.

Comparison of health gum tissue and inflamed gum tissue

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Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, bleeding, or receding gums; bad breath; painful chewing; and loose teeth. It starts when plaque, which is made of bacteria, mucus, and other substances found in the mouth, hardens into a substance called tartar, which can only be removed with a professional cleaning. If plaque and tartar are not removed, the bacteria eventually cause a mild form of periodontal disease called gingivitis, in which the gums bleed and become red and swollen. At this stage, the condition is still reversible and can be treated with a professional dental cleaning and regular brushing and flossing. However, when left untreated, the periodontal disease worsens, leading to an advanced form called periodontitis that can cause severe damage to the soft tissue that supports the teeth, resulting in infection and eventual tooth loss.

gum disease plaque and tartar buildup

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At Dental Arts & Wellness, we offer a a variety of periodontal therapy methods that treat periodontal disease at its various stages. Periodontal therapy begins with a consultation and exam, so we can determine the stage of the disease and develop a treatment plan. Plaque and tartar will be removed from both above and below the gumline, and locally applied medications, such as antimicrobials and antibiotics, may be used. You’ll then receive instructions on specific oral hygiene techniques to use regularly at home.

In severe cases of periodontal disease, surgery may be required to remove deep pockets of harmful bacteria.

Periodontal disease is preventable and treatable, and we are dedicated to helping you maintain the best oral health possible throughout your life. If you are concerned that you might have periodontal disease, call Dental Arts & Wellness at 503.603.0700 to set up your appointment today.

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  • Dr. Yamaguchi and her team are great! They are very professional at their work and they care about my dental needs, my financial option as well. I had good visiting experience there.

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Dental Financing Options

At Dental Arts & Wellness, Lake Oswego dentist Dr. Yamaguchi delivers high-quality dental care at a cost-effective price and offers a wide variety of financial options for patients who are under- or uninsured. If you do not have an insurance provider, we offer the following options: