By now, you’re experienced at brushing and flossing. You know how important the health of your teeth is, but do you know as much about the health of your gums?
Did you know, for example, that the condition of your gums can affect the health of your body? It can even be related to problems like diabetes or heart disease! Does that sound strange? This is just one of the insights that Dr. Smith has gathered during his ongoing education.
At Johnny Smith DMD, we aim to help our patients have healthy gums and teeth. If you schedule two exams per year with us, we’ll work to keep your gums healthy. These exams include thorough cleanings that help you prevent bad breath, gum disease, bleeding, pain, and other oral health challenges. Contact us today for an exam.
Recognizing Gum Disease
During your checkups, we’ll search for signs of gum disease, so we can treat it immediately. Gum disease is often indicated by one or more of these signs:
- Gum swelling or redness.
- Bleeding from the gums.
- Mild or greater gum pain while chewing.
- A receding gum line.
- An increase in tooth sensitivity.
- Chronic bad breath.
If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should schedule a regular cleaning and exam now. If we can clear up your gum disease promptly, it’ll be much easier to treat than if it were to advance further. Simpler, easier treatments are possible at earlier stages of this disease.
How Do We Treat Gum Disease?
The root of gum disease is bacteria, which causes plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. We clear both of these substances from your teeth to keep your gums healthy.
During your appointment, we’ll make you comfortable and use the following two procedures:
- Dental Cleaning: We’ll get up close to your gums and diagnose any gum disease. Then we’ll clean your gums to destroy the bacteria, clearing out potential infections— even from small hiding places.
- Root Planing and Scaling: These techniques clear away plaque and calculus all the way down to the roots of your teeth. This can give you a fresh start, free from infection and the buildup that irritates your gums.
When you know that your gum disease is in remission, you can enjoy peace of mind. We’ll then help you make sure it doesn’t come back. What a boost to your health and confidence!
Schedule an Examination with Dr. Smith Today
If you have sensitive teeth and gums, bleeding, or other symptoms, wouldn’t you love to feel better? Contact us now to get a comfortable examination and quick relief from gum disease with Johnny Smith DMD.