Our goal at Church Family Dental is making sure your gums are healthy, but poor oral hygiene at home could lead to periodontal disease, which is often referred to as gum disease. If you find that your gums are in pain or bleeding, it’s definitely time to see a dentist.
Gum disease is typically caused by bacteria getting stuck below the gum line in the form of a very hard material called tartar. This is difficult to remove and should not be done at home to prevent further damage to your gums. You can even cause yourself more pain and discomfort when you take action without the expertise of a dental professional.
Gum disease can be accompanied by multiple types of symptoms which can vary based on the severity of your unique condition. During the early stages, you might not notice any signs, but as it continues to worsen, you will probably experience some or most of these:
The best way to prevent this from happening is to keep up with your oral hygiene and come in for a teeth cleaning treatment twice per year.
We can restore your gums back to health through a deep cleaning, which is also known as scaling and root planing. The dentist will use a scaler tool to scrape away the hardened tartar below the gum line and smooth the tooth roots. This can sometimes be finished in one visit, but it might take more depending on the severity of the condition.