Gingivitis, also called gum disease, is an infection that attacks the gums and bones that surround and support your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can cause the loss of permanent teeth. Gingivitis is caused primarily by the buildup of plaque on your teeth, above and below the gum line. This disease is usually painless, so you may not know that you have it. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, we will test and examine you for periodontal disease:
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
- Inflamed and sore gums
- Bad breath or a bad taste that will not go away
- Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
- Deep pockets forming between the gums and the teeth
- Loose or drifting permanent teeth
- Changes in your bite
If you have gingivitis, we may recommend that you have extra thorough professional teeth cleanings removing all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth. In some cases, this is not enough and we will suggest scaling and root planing. During this deep cleaning procedure, we will remove the plaque from your teeth, above and below the gum line. The tooth roots are smoothed to make it difficult for plaque to adhere to them. Anything beyond this is surgical intervention and we use a laser to simplify this process.
To schedule your next gum care appointment, contact us today.