Gum Disease Bay City MI

Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy mouth. Recent studies have shown an association between gum disease and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Dr. Mahnke is a family dentist in Bay City, MI offering a range of services for gum disease from prevention and diagnosis to periodontal therapy and cosmetic gum procedures.

Dr. Mahnke has completed advanced dental training at the Dawson Academy, one of the leading post-graduate dental training and research facilities in the United States. Aided by cutting edge technology, Dr. Mahnke is able to restore the mouth to proper health, function and aesthetics. Dr. Mahnke has an open and consistent communication policy. If gum disease is causing you anxiety and you are afraid to visit the dentist, you can be sure that Dr. Mahnke will treat you with respect, kindness, and compassion.

What Causes Gum Disease?

The leading cause of gum disease is the build-up of plaque. Other contributing factors may include teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, tobacco use, hormonal changes (as in pregnancy or menopause), and poor nutrition.

Common signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen or sore gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Changes in the fit of dentures

How To Prevent Gum Disease

Regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning will allow for the removal of plaque and tartar build-up before it causes gum irritation and disease. During routine visits we carefully screen for any signs of gum disease because, if caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and reversible. We also provide education on proper at home oral hygiene so you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Gum Disease Treatment

Depending on your gum disease symptoms, our dentists offer several treatment options. Patients with early signs of gum disease may benefit from an intensive teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the dentist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.

Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require surgery. Some options include flap surgery, bone grafts, soft tissue grafts, guided tissue regeneration, or bone surgery.

Schedule an Appointment

Want to find a dentist in Bay City, MI to solve your complex dental problems, or just need a regular check up? Dr. Daryle Mahnke may be the perfect fit for your family’s needs. Call us at 989.272.2478 or request an appointment online.