Have you noticed that your gums seem to bleed when you floss and brush, or that they seem red and puffy? You may be experiencing symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. This progressive condition begins when plaque is left to harden into calculus on the teeth at and below the gumline. A release of bacteria infect the gum tissues and cause them to pull away, increasing the pocket depth around teeth where more bacteria becomes trapped. Plaque and calculus within these deep pockets can’t be reached during at-home brushing and flossing. At this stage, we can help you stop gum disease from harming your smile’s health and beauty. Our dentists are experienced in diagnosing and treating gum disease at the first signs of gingivitis before oral structures have been damaged. With a procedure called scaling and root planing in Waterford, CT, we can ensure the health of your smile!
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Tender, swollen gums
Bright red gums
Targeted Treatment for Infection
Keeping Gums Healthy Long-Term
Periodontal maintenance is a “deep” cleaning of your teeth similar to scaling and root planing. This cleaning removes any calculus buildup on the periodontal pockets and allows us to check for bleeding or infection with the gum tissues. Keeping your smile healthy long-term also relies on you! Following a proper at-home hygiene routine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can further ensure that your gum disease does not progress and harm your smile. Together, you and our dentists can help you maintain healthy gums and a functional, attractive smile!