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Gum Disease Treatment in Seattle, WA

Gum Disease Effects Reach Far Beyond Your Smile

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How Gum Disease Affects the Body

Tooth loss is not the only price to pay for failing to address periodontal (gum) infection. Gum disease has been linked to systemic illnesses like diabetes, stroke and heart trouble, among others. Treatment from Seattle’s premier periodontist, Dr. Darrin Rapoport at Pacific Northwest Periodontics, halts the disease process, improving your chances of keeping your teeth and protecting your general health.


Nearly 50 percent of all Americans suffer from some form of gum disease.


In the United States, 64.2 percent of smokers have periodontal disease (a known risk factor for the condition).


Periodontal disease is higher in men than women (56.4 percent vs. 38.4 percent)

Gum Disease Symptoms Warrant Prompt Evaluation

  • Bleeding when brushing, flossing or eating
  • Tender, red or swollen gums
  • Oral malodor
  • Bad taste
  • Presence of pus
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity

Why Treat Gum Disease?

Leaving gum disease untreated only invites further oral and overall health complications, such as:

  • Jaw bone loss
  • Tooth loss
  • Heart trouble
  • Respiratory illness
  • Risk of stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Memory problems
  • Certain cancers
  • Pre-term labor
  • Low-birth weight infants

“I’m very thankful for my smile back.”

Stop Gum Disease in Its Tracks With Effective Treatment in Seattle

Practicing dentistry for over 25 years and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, an elite status only earned by 10 percent of U.S. periodontists, Dr. Darrin Rapoport proudly provides a variety of services to treat all stages of gum disease. Such treatments include:

  • Osseous Surgery
  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Perioscope Therapy
  • Periodontal Maintenance

The Media on Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a very serious health condition, the symptoms of which are not normal and should receive prompt evaluation. Contact our periodontal office today to reserve your gum disease evaluation and consultation with Dr. Rapoport.