Healthy Gums

Why are healthy gums so important?

Healthy gums are crucial because the mouth and gums serve as a gateway to the rest of your body and bloodstream. Chronic inflammation from gum disease can also be linked to other systemic illnesses.

How can I tell if my gums are healthy or unhealthy?

Signs of unhealthy gums include bleeding, persistent bad taste in your mouth, or bad breath. However, inflammation can sometimes be masked by factors like smoking or antibiotic use. Therefore, it's essential to have your gums evaluated by a dentist or periodontist.

What causes unhealthy gums?

Unhealthy gums are primarily caused by bacteria. These harmful bacteria can cause gum disease in susceptible individuals, particularly if they are given a place to hide and breed.

Can unhealthy gums be fixed?

Yes, unhealthy gums can be fixed. Gingivitis, a reversible form of gum disease, can be eliminated with good cleaning. If you have periodontal disease, which involves bone loss around the teeth, treatments are available to stop the process.

What is involved in the process of deep cleaning of teeth?

A deep cleaning involves a thorough cleaning under the gums. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, usually over two visits to allow for one half of the mouth to be numbed at a time. The process typically takes an hour to an hour and a half per side.

Why does it take more than one sitting for a dental cleaning?

A standard dental cleaning can be accomplished in one visit. However, if the patient has significant buildup or bone loss, a deeper cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is needed. This process is typically done over two visits.

Is deep dental cleaning painful?

A deep cleaning should not be painful, especially when performed under local anesthesia.

What are the best ways to take care of my gums at home after a deep dental cleaning?

After a deep cleaning, it's crucial to maintain good oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

At what point is gum grafting necessary?

Gum grafting may be necessary when the roots of your teeth are exposed. This can be due to gum disease or other factors such as tooth position, hard brushing, and anatomical factors. It's important to have a periodontist evaluate whether gum grafting may be necessary for you.

How can I schedule a dental appointment?

Scheduling an appointment is easy. You can call us at (276) 240-3440 or email us at [email protected].