Gingivitis, which is also called gum disease, is an infection that attacks the gums and bones that surround and support the teeth. Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth, above and below the gum line. If left untreated, gum disease can cause the loss of permanent teeth. This disease is usually painless, so you may not know that you have it. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Deore and Dr. Jones may treat gingivitis in Coppell, Texas:
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
- Red, swollen, or sore gums
- Bad breath or a bad taste that will not go away
- Receding gum line
- The formation of deep pockets between the teeth and the gums
- Loose or drifting permanent teeth
- Changes in your bite
If you have gingivitis, our dentists may recommend that you have extra professional teeth cleanings. Our hygienist will scrape the plaque and tartar off of all of your teeth. If this is not enough, our dentists may suggest a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, our dentists will clean your teeth of plaque, above and below the gum line. Then, your tooth roots will be smoothed, which will make it difficult for plaque to adhere to them.
Please contact Coppell Smiles today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.