Periodontal disease, also called gingivitis, is an infection that attacks the gums and bone that surround and support your teeth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth and under the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause tooth loss. Gingivitis is usually harmless, so you may not know if you have it. If you notice any of the following symptoms, Dr. Steven Ross may treat gingivitis in Salinas, California:
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
- Gums that are red, sore, or swollen
- Bad breath or a bad taste that will not go away
- Gums pulling back from the teeth
- Deep pockets forming between the teeth and gums
- Loose permanent teeth
- Shifting teeth
- A change in your bite
Our dentist may recommend extra teeth cleaning appointments to treat gingivitis. Our hygienist will clean your teeth of plaque and tartar with a metal tool. Another treatment for periodontal disease is scaling and root planing. During this deep cleaning procedure, the plaque and tartar will be scraped off of all of your teeth, above and below the gum line. Then our dentist will make your tooth roots smooth, making it harder for plaque to adhere to them.
We welcome you to contact Ross Family Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.