Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and bones that surround and support your teeth. Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. If the disease progresses into the bone surrounding the teeth, you have periodontal disease. Gum disease is usually painless, so you may not know that you have it. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have gum disease:
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
- Red, swollen, or sore gums
- Bad breath that will not go away
- A persistent bad taste in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Deep pockets forming between the teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting permanent teeth
- A change in your bite
If you have gingivitis, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may recommend scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that effectively treats gum disease before it becomes too severe. Our dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth, above and below the gums, all the way down to the bottom of the pockets. Removing the bacteria (germs) that cause this disease allows the gums to heal and reattach back to the roots.
To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact our dental office today.