When plaque builds up on your teeth, it can create inflammation in your gums. That will cause them to pull away from your teeth, allowing plaque to build up below the gumline. This early stage of gum disease, while often painless can cause serious problems, including tooth loss and the loss of bone in your jaw.
One option for treating gum disease in the early stages is what is known as scaling and root planing. This process is done in your dentist’s office, usually takes two visits, and may require a local anesthetic. First, the dentist will scale your teeth. This entails using an instrument to scrape the plaque and tartar from your teeth. In the second step, root planing, the dentist will smooth out the roots of the affected teeth to allow them to reattach themselves to your gums.
The best way to combat gum disease is to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. This is best done by brushing for at least two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and flossing before bed. Regular appointments with your dentist for a routine cleaning and exam will go a long way to fighting plaque and gum disease, and will give your dentist the chance to spot small problems before they become big ones.
If you are concerned about your gums, if you are looking for a family dentist, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and checkup, our dentist, Dr. Richard C. Quinttus at Rahn Dental Group in Dayton, Ohio will be happy to see you. To make an appointment, call our office at (937) 435-0324, today. We look forward to seeing you soon!