In terms of keeping your mouth healthy, it’s just as important to take good care of your gums as it is your teeth. Neglecting to brush and floss daily can cause your teeth to develop cavities, but your gums could also succumb to an infection called periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease can lead to swelling, redness, bleeding, gum recession, and eventually tooth loss! If you’re experiencing any problems with your gums, however mild it may be, contact South Arlington Smiles right away. Our team can get your smile back on track with targeted gum disease treatment.
Periodontal disease is often caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, particularly below the gumline. This inflames and irritates the surrounding tissues, causing symptoms like bleeding and tenderness. With scaling, we use small instruments to carefully remove plaque and tartar. Root planing involves smoothing out the rough edges of the teeth’s roots. Not only does this speed up healing, but it makes it more difficult for bacteria to attach to the roots, preventing future infection.
As periodontal disease becomes more advanced, tiny pockets of bacteria can form between the gums and teeth. Rather than cleaning them out with dental instruments, we provide a gentler approach using a topical antibiotic called Minocycline. Once this medicine is applied to the gums, it dissolves over the next few days, eliminating bacteria in the deepest parts of your gum pockets.