When our gums become inflamed, also known as gingivitis, this could cause discomfort and leave our gingival tissues vulnerable to disease. But could we reverse this with the right treatments? In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about the benefits of dental cleanings and scaling and root planings.
The Causes of Inflammation
How do our gingival tissues become inflamed in the first place? This could be linked to a number of factors. For example, a family history of periodontal issues, inflammatory illness, certain medications, and tobacco use are factors. Lack of proper brushing and flossing or visits for dental cleanings could allow plaque and tartar to flourish, which irritates and inflames these tissues. No matter the cause, this needs treatment to prevent the onset of periodontal disease. While gingivitis can be reversed, gum disease cannot.
The Warning Signs
How do you know if you’re in trouble? Warning signs could include changes to your smile, such as redness in the gums, increased soreness, or bleeding when you brush and floss. When you begin to experience these symptoms, please see us right away. We will examine your smile with advanced digital imaging technology to assess the current state of your smile and the progression of your inflammation. We could then recommend treatment to reverse gingivitis, or if this is too late, to begin managing gum disease to avoid the later stages, which are linked to worsening pain and even adult tooth loss.
Reversing the Issue
In many cases, we reverse the initial inflammation with a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. Essentially, our team will numb the smile and begin removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and the roots alike. This process could take one visit for monitor buildup, or up to four for more severe cases. After we remove the buildup, we polish these portions of the smile for a smoother finish and brighter appearance. This allows healthy tissue to adhere to the teeth and prevent the formation of periodontal pockets, a major step in the onset of gum disease.
Afterward, you should see us for routine cleanings every three to four months to prevent periodontal diseases, or to manage it properly. At home, you should not only brush twice daily, but also floss thoroughly every evening! If you have any questions about how we protect smiles from the sonnet of disease, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Gum Inflammation
Our team wants to help you enjoy a whole and healthy smile for years to come. If you would like to learn more about protecting the framework of your smile with routine care and treatment, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.