Gum Disease

Gum disease, characterized by infection and inflammation of the tissues supporting your teeth, is primarily caused by various bacteria present in plaque and tartar buildup. Healthy gums appear pink, firm, and do not bleed.

Stages of Gum Disease

1. Gingivitis: Initial stage marked by plaque accumulation causing infection and inflammation at the gum’s surface. Requires regular scaling and improved oral hygiene.

2. Periodontitis: Advanced stage where infection and inflammation spread to deeper structures around the tooth, necessitating deep scaling and potential specialist referral. Local anesthesia may be administered before deep scaling.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth mobility

Post-Treatment Complications

After deep scaling, potential complications may include:

  • Temporary teeth sensitivity lasting from weeks to months
  • Gum shrinkage indicating healing
  • Tenderness around the gums for a few weeks, gradually subsiding over time.

Prioritize your oral health by seeking timely gum disease treatment and maintaining good oral hygiene practices. Consult with your dentist for personalized care and guidance.

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