Devoted to promoting optimal health and wellness

Periodontal Health

Dr. Becker’s practice located in Shoreline, Washington, is devoted to promoting optimal health and wellness. His services cover all areas of general dentistry, as well as, many restorative and cosmetic treatments. Within these areas he provides mercury-free fillings, gold and porcelain crowns, veneers, bridges, and even dentures. However, Dr. Becker considers one of his most important roles to be in the prevention of tooth decay, periodontal disease and teeth loss.

Caring for Your Gum and Bone Tissues

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Between each tooth and the gum line, there is a shallow v-shaped space called a sulcus. Periodontal disease starts in this small space and damages the tooth’s anchoring and supportive tissues. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus enlarges to form an actual pocket. Pockets usually deepen as periodontal disease progresses and eventually lead to teeth loosening and loss.

Risk Factors for Gingivitis

Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is the mildest form of periodontal disease. With proper dental treatment it is typically reversible. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious, destructive condition called periodontitis. Certain factors and lifestyle choices increase the risk of developing periodontal disease. Some of these include:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications such as steroids and oral contraceptives
  • Crooked teeth
  • Defective fillings
  • Pregnancy

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Call Dr. Becker’s dental office in Shoreline, Washington at 206.542.4848 to get started on a path toward complete oral and dental health.

With proper care and dental hygiene your teeth can look beautiful and function perfectly for a lifetime.

The old adage "Floss only the ones you want to keep!"

Is true, but unfortunately, it is over-simplified. Our team will work with you and devise a customized home care plan that will fit your lifestyle and dental needs. Your custom plan will provide you with the procedures you can use to achieve the best possible periodontal health.

Oral health can be maintained by proper diet, routine and effective home care daily cleaning practices.

Personalized supervision by our office and hygienist on a regular basis helps you know how to clean all areas of your gums and teeth to achieve optimal oral health.

Your visits alert us to possible problems as they emerge. This early intervention requires less work for both of us and improves the treatment outcome for you.