Most people do fairly well at brushing their teeth regularly. But sometimes, the quality of that brushing can use some improvement. One of the indicators of less-effective brushing is the presence of gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by plaque that has built up over time, causing an inflammatory infection. But if that plaque is removed by effective brushing and flossing, gum disease is prevented. If you aren’t considering your gums while you brush and floss, you setting them up for trouble.
Gum disease can develop right under your nose, so to speak. Its symptoms, especially early on, don’t cause pain, so you might not think anything is really wrong. But if you notice swelling and redness in your gums, and the bleed easily when you brush, you should call your [practice_name] right away. We can recommend a more aggressive cleaning strategy to remove plaque and harmful bacteria.
Part of that cleaning strategy might involve scaling and root planing. These are non-surgical deep cleaning treatments that often stop the progress of gum disease. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line, and root planing makes tooth roots smooth and more difficult for bacteria to accumulate on. We may also recommend antibiotic medication.
If you would like to learn more about gum disease, including the treatment options available from Dr. [doctor_name], please call our dental office in [city], [st], today.