What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues (gums) that presents itself in stages. It starts off in its most mild form, gingivitis, and if left untreated, can develop into full-blown periodontitis. Gum disease is most often caused by lack of good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing. Our mouths are full of bacteria and when that bacteria isn’t regularly cleaned off of our teeth, it can accrue at the gum line and cause infection and inflammation. Unsure if you have gum disease? Here are some of the most common signs to look out for:
- Bleeding & Tender Gums
- Loose or Sensitive Teeth
- Pain when Chewing
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Pockets Between Gums & Teeth
- Receding Gums
- Red or Swollen Gums
Thorough, Deep Cleanings for Gum Disease
If you have periodontitis, we can perform periodontal treatments to help you regain a healthy smile. One of the most common treatments we perform is scaling and root planing (also known as a deep cleaning). In this two-part process, we scrape any tartar (hardened plaque) off of your teeth both at and below and gum line and use a solution to disinfect your mouth and your gums. Then, we smooth out any raised areas of your gums to prevent bacteria from aggregating in these areas and worsening the infection.
ARESTIN is a topical antibiotic that we place into deep pockets between the teeth and gums. It remains active in the pockets for a long period of time, helps reduce their depth, and rids any bacteria that collects in them. ARESTIN allows gums to heal faster in congruence with scaling and root planing treatment.
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