Our professional dental staff at Cummins Dental Group in Silver Spring, Maryland aren’t here to only care for your teeth, we also pay close attention and care for that which holds our teeth, our gums. Gum disease or periodontal disease is commonly known as gingivitis.
Gum disease is more common than people think because it can be very minor or very severe. It is caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar along the gum line that can cause bone and tissue loss.
Many patients don’t know what to look for when trying to spot gingivitis some signs could include:
- Constant swelling and bleeding of the gums not just during and after flossing teeth.
- Recent sight of receding gum-line on any side of the tooth.
- In some cases, bad breath can indicate infection.
If left untreated, gum disease can have a serious effect on your oral health and your overall health. In our office, we want to stop gingivitis as quickly as we can to prevent gum, bone, and even tooth loss. Some treatments we offer include:
Scaling & Root Planing: The dental professional will use a scaler to scrape off the built-up plaque and tartar that is accumulating at the gum-line. By removing the plaque on the tooth, it will stop more build-up from happening.
Root planing is similar to scaling although it is done on the root of the tooth below the gum line. Root planing makes the root smooth and free of debris to help it start healing.
Periodontal Cleaning: Depending on your severity of gum disease, our dentist will recommend you coming in a certain amount of times to get periodontal professional cleaning. Keeping the teeth clean after the removal of build-up is essential to healing.
If you aren’t sure if you are experiencing gum disease or not please contact us at Cummins Dental Group in Silver Spring to get a diagnosis. Gum disease isn’t something we take lightly, taking care of it as soon as possible is in your best interest. If you have any questions or concerns about you or someone in your family’s dental health, don’t hesitate to call.