What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an inflammation or infection that attacks the gums and bone holding your teeth in place. The symptoms of gum disease are gums that bleed when you brush, persistent bad breath, red, swollen, or tender gums, and teeth loosening and shifting. It is caused by bacteria in plaque – the sticky, nearly colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. In later stages, it is known as periodontitis. Gum disease can be treated in a variety of ways, ranging from cleanings to surgery, but it can be prevented by regular brushing, flossing and having regular professional cleanings.

What is gum treatment?

Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Dr. Scott Healey, our experienced dentist, will evaluate the extent of your periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate gum treatment. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings. If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. If the gums do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed. If you suspect that you suffer from periodontal disease, we encourage you to contact us today at Scott M. Healey Dentistry to learn more about how we can treat gum disease in Lindon, Utah.