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Your Questions Answered: Gum Disease

plaqueYour gum health is essential for your oral health and overall well-being. With diligent oral hygiene and biannual dental checkups, you can help keep your gums healthy. Dr. Bradley Dean answers some commonly asked questions about periodontal disease and how it affects you. If you believe you may have gum disease or want to prevent developing it, contact our Plano, TX dentist office to learn more.


Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection that spreads throughout the gum and bone and around the teeth. It is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults and causes a range of other health concerns.

What systemic health concerns can gum disease cause?

Advanced gum disease can increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and has been linked to Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s, and inflammation.


Visiting the dentist at least twice a year can help diagnose gum disease in the earliest stages for conservative treatment. Some patients experience bleeding gums, sore gums or tooth pain. If your gums bleed regularly, this is not normal, there is a good chance it may be a sign you have gum disease. Contact Dr. Dean if your gums bleed regularly.

How do you treat gum disease?

In some cases, gum surgery is needed to properly remove the bacteria infection from the gums. If scaling or planning is needed, Dr. Dean offers two types of sedation dentistry for your optimal comfort. Oral sedation, which helps you feel relaxed, or I.V. conscious sedation, which allows you to be in a natural sleep during your surgery.

Can laser therapy treat gum disease?

For select periodontal surgeries, Dr. Dean is able to a less invasive laser therapy to remove the bacterial infection. Laser therapy can speed up healing times by using the Biolase laser. This laser also enables Dr. Dean to perform some surgeries without the use of sutures.

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The best way to prevent gum disease is through diligent preventative dental care. Good brushing and flossing along with biannual dental checkups with Dr. Dean can keep your teeth and gums healthy and help avoid the need for advanced and complex dental treatments.