Gum disease, which is also known as gingivitis, is an infection that attacks the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth, above and below the gum line. If gum disease is left untreated, it can cause the loss of permanent teeth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Laney Schuman may treat gingivitis in Granite City, Illinois:
- Red, swollen, or sore gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Pus coming from the gums
- A change in your bite
- Loose permanent teeth
Our dentist may recommend extra professional teeth cleanings for patients with gingivitis. During this appointment, our hygienist will scrape the plaque and tartar from your teeth using a small, metal tool. If this is not enough, our dentist may suggest a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Our dentist will remove all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth, above and below the gum line. Then, your tooth roots are smoothed, which makes it harder for plaque to adhere to them.
Feel free to contact Midwest Family Dentistry PC today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.