When your gums are not properly cared for, you are at risk of developing gingivitis or even periodontal disease. Gingivitis causes your gums to be swollen and red, and makes them bleed easily. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause your gums to loosen and pull away from your teeth, which can lead to tooth loss. It is important to identify and treat gingivitis as quickly as possible, so let our dentists know if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Gums that bleed when flossing
- Swollen red gums
- Sensitive gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Shifting teeth
- Loose teeth
During your visit to our office, a hygienist will perform a cleaning called gingivitis prophylaxis. This involves removing loose bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth and gums. This cleaning will also smooth any rough spots on your teeth, which will help prevent bacteria from being able to attach there in the future. After plaque and tartar are removed, the hygienist will irrigate your gum tissue with an antimicrobial rinse. This further helps remove any remaining bacteria and coats your gums, providing an extra boost for healing. If you would like to know more about how our dentists treat gum disease in Kansas City, KS, we would love to talk with you. Call 913-432-0765 or visit our office today to schedule a consultation with out team.