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Signs of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease can do severe damage to not just your gums, but also your teeth and jawbone. Luckily, though, there are a lot of signs that you can look out for to catch periodontal disease before it becomes worse.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) Is caused by plaque building up at and below the gum line, which leads to inflammation of the gums. As the bacteria continues to build up, more and more damage can be caused to a patient’s oral health. Because of this, it is extremely important to visit a dentist if any signs of gum disease emerge.

Common Signs of Gum Disease

In order to stop gum disease in its early stages, it’s important to look out for the signs of gum disease. By brushing and flossing regularly, you’ll be able to notice these signs, and set an appointment with your dentist. Some things to look out for include:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Discoloration of the Gums
  • Swollen Gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Gums Receding from the Gum Line
  • Bad Breath
  • Pus
  • An Odd Taste in the Mouth

As periodontal disease becomes worse, the signs become more present. It’s important to see your dentist as soon as you begin to notice changes in your gums. Do not wait until your teeth become loose! If you are able to get to the dentist before the disease worsens, you’ll likely only need a cleaning or a deep cleaning. If the disease becomes worse, surgery or even tooth extraction may be necessary.

Deep Cleaning

A deep cleaning (or scaling and root planing) is a common treatment for mild gum disease (also known as gingivitis). By properly clearing away plaque and tartar below the gum line, your dentist will help to heal the gums, and remove the bacteria causing the disease.

Prevention

In order to prevent gum disease, or to prevent it from coming back, it’s extremely important that you take good care of your oral health. This includes brushing, flossing and rinsing the mouth at least twice a day. It also means visiting your dentist for a regular checkup and cleaning every six months. If you do so, you should be able to avoid gum disease entirely. Still, if gum disease does occur, taking these steps will mitigate any damage—allowing you to avoid any surgery or tooth extractions.

When Is Your Next Cleaning?

If you don’t already have a regular checkup and cleaning scheduled, make sure to call your dentist and schedule one today. You should be visiting your dentist every six months for a regular cleaning. If you are unsure about how long it’s been since your last cleaning, call your general dentist.

By checking for signs of gum disease and taking proper care of your oral health, you can avoid gum disease entirely—or at least catch it early on. Brush, floss, wash and visit the dentist to avoid gingivitis, and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Iowa Dental Groups offers periodontal therapy and treatments. Contact us today to find out more.

Interested in learning more about Gum Disease? Here's some information on typical treatments.

Our Award Winning Services

Patients will be educated on the type of dentistry they need and will never feel pressured or receive any sales pitch to have treatment.

You will always know the fee before treatment is performed.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers

Teeth Whitening

Restorative Care

Dental Implants

Dental Bridges

Root Canal Therapy

Dentures

Children's Dentistry

Periodontal Care

Dental Emergencies

Family Dentistry

Night Guards

Snoring Appliances

Extractions

Actual Patient Reviews

We have so many terrific reviews it's impossible for us to list them all! Thanks for supporting Iowa Dental Group with your gratitude.

Dr. Bob always goes the extra mile. He consistently demonstrates that his primary concern is for the patient and their well being!read more
Mary Terry
Mary Terry
14:36 27 Apr 17
Dr. Bob and Dr. Brett are great! Always willing to listen and ready to get my problems solved.
Doug Messenger
Doug Messenger
20:28 16 May 17
I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Margeas for a small cosmetic issue with a tooth from a recommendation from my current Dentist. I have heard from many people (including my own dentist) that he was the best in cosmetic dentistry any where in the mid-west. My consultation was this morning. He was totally upfront about what he thinks the best route is for me and my teeth. I felt totally comfortable with his recommendations and confident in his abilities. I've been to an other dentist about this same issue years ago and it didn't feel right. Now that I've had the consultation with Dr. Margeas, I'm excited to finally move forward with fixing it. Every staff member was very welcoming and pleasant. It was a really nice place to be with a great energy there. If I didn't like my normal dentist so much, I'd absolutely become a regular there! Maybe I'll pop in for an extra cleaning or something. I'm happy to have found Dr. Margeas and his staff to help me correct my cosmetic issue. I highly recommend this business!read more
Brittany Reed
Brittany Reed
21:45 06 Feb 17
I was a bit worried going from my family dentist of over 12 years to a new provider, but they made me feel right at home immediately. Everyone was so friendly and wonderful. Already looking forward to going back in 6 months. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone!read more
Sarah Bailey
Sarah Bailey
01:09 22 Jul 16
Had my first appointment with Dr. Margeas and his operation is absolutely first class. All of his staff were wonderful, I was in and out in a short amount of time and felt very satisfied. I'm so thankful to have been recommended to try out Iowa Dental Group and would absolutely recommend them to anyone!read more
David Kinsley
David Kinsley
14:55 12 Aug 16
Competent, professional service! If you need dental work, this is the place to be👍😊
VeeAnn Cartwright
VeeAnn Cartwright
21:43 15 Aug 17
From the moment I arrived to the moment I left I felt me and my teeth were in great hands. The whole team is so kind, and my dentist was fantastic. I originally went in wanting veneers, keep in mind I am overly critical of my smile and teeth, and it was all I knew. My dentist educated me that he did not think veneers were the best choice for me, and gave me a much better option which costed about 6 times less than what veneers would have. He is a great dentist because he won't just do what makes him the most money, he does what is best for the patient. I just got done with my appointment and I could not be more overjoyed with my results. Thank you Iowa Dental Group team!:)read more
Caitlin Verette
Caitlin Verette
16:36 25 Sep 17
My daughter and I had a wonderful experience! The entire staff was very welcoming and Dr. Margeas was fantastic to work with! We learned so much from him and he made us feel comfortable with all the options.read more
Nicole Ritland
Nicole Ritland
23:58 06 Dec 17
First and foremost, Dr Margeas is world renowned in the field of dentistry. He is considered one of the premier educators with practical application for clinicians everywhere. As a teacher he practices what he preaches by taking the most conservative approach for the patient with long term application and not for short term gain. Today I expected to have a crown done on tooth 30 which is perfectly acceptable to most clinicians. However, Dr Margeas was able to take the conservative approach without compromise of the tooth and provided a composite solution which should last a long time, holding off the need of a crown. Again the crown would have been acceptable. The staff, Dr Margeas, the complete experience is why he is one of the best globally and most caring dentist I have been associated.read more
Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson
21:54 12 Feb 18
Dr. Margeas is amazing in so many ways. First of all—he is brilliant! His knowledge in the field of dentistry cannot be matched. And he is articulate. He can communicate with his patients at any level. But more than that, he is a sincere person who really cares about the world and the people in it—he is genuine in his concern for each patient and is really interested in each of their lives. The entire team at IDG is always so positive and makes the visit a comfortable and pleasant experience. Thank you, Dr. Margeas!read more
Carol Dahlstrom
Carol Dahlstrom
00:51 13 Feb 18
Dr Margeas is one of the best dentists I have ever worked with. His ability with implants and cosmetic dentistry is world class. Not only the best of the best dentists but also an outstanding human being, I have known him for over 12 years and highly look up to him, in both work related business and everyday liferead more
Freddy Char
Freddy Char
23:53 14 Feb 18
On behalf of my wife this review: Dr Margeas along with his assistant Jana, are the two most incredible people and team I have ever worked with. My case was very extensive to include five crowns and ten veneers. Never in my life have I been able to bite like I can now. My teeth fit perfectly. The esthetics they achieved with the lab are completely natural looking. Dr. Margeas is a world renowned dentist, who by his demeanor, you would never know. Humble, kind and gracious don't even explain him or his skills. Forever, I am indebted to his team for the incredible work that he did on my case. Know with absolute confidence that Dr. Margeas and Jana will treat you with the best care possible with results exceeding expectations.read more
Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson
12:51 12 Jun 18

Our Location

Iowa Dental Group prides ourselves in offering the highest quality dentistry at a fair and reasonable fee.

Iowa Dental Group

1233 63rd Street
Des Moines, Ia 50311
(515) 277-6358


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Office Hours

We have over 100 years of combined experience in our office and look forward to answering any questions or concerns you may have regarding your overall oral health.

Iowa Dental Group proudly serves the following areas.

Office Hours
Monday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday:Closed
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed