If you are someone who brushes twice a day and flosses regularly, you are protecting yourself from getting cavities and gum disease. However, if you are someone who doesn’t follow proper dental care, you are more prone to periodontal disease or gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease (aka gum disease) is a bacterial infection that occurs in the gums. The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, swelling, and redness along the margins of your gums. In most cases, gingivitis should go away within two weeks of regular flossing and effective tooth brushing. However, if left untreated, gum disease is not reversible. The gum infection spreads deeper inside of the tissues and into the supporting structures. Bone loss occurs, tissue detachment takes place, and the teeth start to become mobile. At this point, a deep cleaning and possible grafting are vital to saving the tooth before it’s too late.
What are the Symptoms?
- Gums that bleed
- Bad breath
- Receding gum lines
- Food catching between teeth during meals
- Tooth mobility
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Cox will likely recommend a deep cleaning treatment. Commonly known as scaling and root planing, this process works to clean out plaque and bacteria stuck in the pockets between the gums and the teeth. We will use a unique tool to remove plaque from your tooth’s crown down to the root.
Scaling and root planing are incredibly effective at managing inflammation caused by gum disease. The treatment is commonly used to:
- Prevent gum disease
- Prevent other health conditions
- Protect the teeth
- Improve chronic bad breath
After a professional deep cleaning, you need to practice good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease from returning. Be sure to brush twice a day for a full two minutes, and focus on brushing areas where your teeth meet your gums. Regular dental cleaning appointments can do wonders in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Contact Cox Family Dentistry today to schedule a cleaning with your hygienist.