Gingivitis, which is also called gum disease, is an infection that attacks the gums and bones that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth, above and below the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause the loss of permanent teeth. This disease is often painless, so you may not know that you have it. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Damon T. Armstrong may treat gingivitis in Blackfoot, Idaho:
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- A bad taste or bad breath that will not go away
- Receding gum line
- The formation of deep pockets between the gums and teeth
- Loose or drifting permanent teeth
- Changes in your bite
If you have gingivitis, our dentist may recommend that you have extra professional teeth cleaning appointments. Our hygienist will use a small, metal tool to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. If this is not enough, our dentist may recommend a deep cleaning appointment called scaling and root planing. Our dentist will remove all of the plaque from your teeth, all the way down to the roots. Your tooth roots will be smoothed, which will make it difficult for plaque to adhere to them.
To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact Armstrong Dental today.