Gingivitis, which is also called gum disease, is a disease that attacks the bone and tissues that surround and support your teeth. The buildup of plaque on the teeth, above and below the gums, causes gum disease. The following factors can also contribute to gingivitis:
- Hormonal changes
- Smoking or the use of other tobacco products
- Improper dental hygiene
- Family history of gum disease
If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms, Dr. Gregory J. Brandau may treat gingivitis in Sarasota, Florida:
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
- Red, tender, or sore gums
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifting permanent teeth
- A change in your bite
To treat gingivitis, our dentist may suggest a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. First, your teeth will be cleaned of plaque and tartar all the way down to the roots. Your tooth roots are then smoothed by our dentist, which makes it hard for plaque to stick to them. Smooth roots also gives your gums a clean surface to reattach to.
We encourage you to contact Sterling Dental today to learn more about scaling and root planing and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.