Periodontal Gum Disease West Kelowna

What is periodontal (gum) disease?


Periodontal gum disease can cause permanent damage to the bone and gums surrounding the roots or the teeth. It starts with plaque spreading and growing in the gum line. This plaque harbors harmful bacteria which creates toxins and then irritates and inflames the gums.

At this point, the bacteria penetrate the bloodstream – endangering organs, tissue, vessels and potentially harms the fetus. The bone and tissue that supports the teeth start to break down and lead to a multitude of complications.

What are the symptons of periodontal gum disease?


  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Obvious plaque, tartar or calculus
  • Teeth are loose or mobile
  • Spaces developed between your teeth
  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Sensitive teeth
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How do you treat periodontal gum disease?


Dr. Shauna Palmer is offering Perio Protect® for periodontal gum disease treatment which uses a tray that is similar to a mouthguard, but it has a special sealing system to deliver medication below the gums. Medication is added into the tray and you wear it for a few minutes a day at home in between office visits.

The main advantage of Perio Protect® is that it can treat the bacteria in a comfortable way, minimizing surgery and antibiotics. The Perio Tray® is necessary because bacteria reproduce so quickly under the gums that is hard to control them between office visits.

The beneficial "side effect" of using Perio Protect®  whiter teeth, fresher breath, better oral health, and overall health to prevent disease. Dr. Palmer also offers laser periodontal therapy. Laser energy is delivered into the gum pockets to kill the bacteria, minimizing or preventing surgery, and antibiotic treatment. It is a painless procedure, but must be done in the office and is sometimes combined with Perio Protect®  treatment. 

Dr. Shauna Palmer will determine your treatment plan after evaluating your specific condition. To learn more, contact us. 

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