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Gum Disease Therapy – St. Peter, MN

Regain Your Healthy Smile

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Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease or infection) is one of the most common health problems in the world, as well as the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. At Valley View Dental, Dr. Jennifer Miller and the rest of our team take this threat very seriously. We strive to protect patients with thorough periodontal screenings and revitalizing treatment options that are personalized to fit your needs. Patients from Arlington, MN and surrounding areas are encouraged to contact us today and schedule an appointment. We see whole families!

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

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Common indications of gum disease include the following:

  • Gums that bleed when brushing and/or flossing.
  • Gums that seem overly puffy, tender, and/or red.
  • Excessively bad breath.
  • A change in the way certain teeth or your bite feel.
  • Teeth that appear longer and longer over time (a sign of gum recession).

If you think you have gum disease, contact our office.

Why is it important to diagnose gum disease early?

receding gums

Unlike some medical conditions that can go away on their own, gum disease only gets worse over time. When we find and address the problem early on, you can avoid more intensive and intrusive treatment down the line. Coming to your six-month checkup and cleaning appointment helps ensure that we’ll catch it sooner rather than later, helping your smile stay healthy and protected from infection.

Is gum disease curable?

At Valley View Dental, our recommendation for gum disease treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. More frequent dental cleanings with our hygiene department may be enough to combat the effects of early-stage gum disease (also known as gingivitis), while involved care could be necessary for moderate to severe cases.


Dr. Miller strongly recommends PerioProtect® as an effective and sensible at-home method for treating the dangerous bacteria that contribute to gum disease. The process is simple – our team will provide you with the proper medication and oral trays that have been customized for your unique mouth. The patient simply places the medication in the trays and wears them in the comfort of their own home. The medication is able to move under the gums and treat the pockets where bacteria live, bolstering the revitalizing affects you have already achieved during professional cleanings with our team.

Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal therapy is an in-depth hygiene service that consists of two parts. First, scaling entails cleaning bacteria from below the gum line, and root planing smooths the tough root surfaces to prevent plaque from accumulating there, reinvigorating your smile. Advanced soft tissue laser treatment is also available, which reduces the amount of bacteria precisely and comfortably.