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Floss For a Healthy Heart

Auburn, WA Gum Disease Treatment

Most people find that it is easy to be diligent with a daily tooth brushing routine but struggle when it comes to being consistent with flossing. Over the last 20 years, many studies have continued to substantiate a link between your gum health and your heart health.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that live in your mouth.  These bacteria can cause small micro-abrasions in your gum tissue that allow them to enter your internal system.  Large amounts of these oral bacteria have been found in the hard plaque in arterial walls that is present in heart disease. Experts theorize that these bacteria may contribute to arterial blockages.  In addition to contributing to arterial blockages, these bacteria may initiate an inflammatory response from your body causing blood vessels to swell and become more susceptible to clotting.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

  • If you have gum disease, most likely you will have some of these symptoms:
  • Bleeding in your gums when you brush or floss
  • Itching burning or tenderness in the gum tissue
  • Red, puffy or swollen gums
  • Halitosis (bad breath) that is persistent
  • Teeth that look long due to gum recession
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Mobility in your teeth


Keep in mind that the symptoms of early gum disease often go unnoticed so it is important to have periodontal gum measurements when you have your teeth cleaned.

Dr. Marie Durflinger, a female dentist, as been practicing for over 25 years.  If you think you may have gum disease or it has been a while since you have had your teeth cleaned, call today for an appointment.  253-833-2200