If you have sensitive gums that bleed easily, this could be a sign of gingivitis, or possibly the earliest stages of periodontal disease. Treatment is needed to manage this issue and prevent poor oral health. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentist will explain how we treat these issues with a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing.
The Causes and Dangers of Gingivitis
Gingivitis, also known as gum inflammation, develops when we don’t brush and floss properly, allowing plaque and tartar buildup to irritate and inflame the gingival tissues. Other causes include foods and drinks high in sugar and starch, which feed the harmful bacteria behind the buildup. Smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products is a factor too, as are inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, or a family history of periodontal issues. Pregnant women could also experience a higher-than-normal risk of inflammation. People with gingivitis may experience gums that feel sore, appear redder than usual, or bleed easily when you brush and floss. If one or more of these symptoms apply to you, let us know.
The Scaling and Root Planing
Without treatment, the inflammation could grow more severe until the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets for harmful bacteria to enter, Periodontal disease then forms, which cannot be cured and requires care to manage in order to prevent tooth loss. However, a scaling and root planing could reverse gingivitis and protect your smile. Like a regular cleaning, this removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. However, the procedure also removes buildup from the roots as well. The treatment could take one visit, or up to four, depending on severity of the plaque presence.
Following your treatment, we could recommend a routine cleaning every three to four months to control plaque and tartar, and to manage gum disease should the disease develop. If you don’t have dental insurance, we could provide a special perio plan through our Smile Club, that offers the maintenance you need for low monthly payments. At home, you can help by avoiding tobacco products, brushing and flossing daily, and eating a healthier diet. If you have any questions about how to identify and manage the disease, or about reversing inflammation with a special cleaning, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Sensitive Gums?
Our team wants to help you avoid tooth loss and other complications related to untreated periodontal problems. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about how our team reverses gingivitis. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.