Periodontal (Gum) disease is insidious .It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to from tartar. As tartar accumulates , it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease know as Gingivitis. Left untreated ,Gingivitis become periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth and the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed ,there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently ,often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don’t know why.
- Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke ,heart disease ,diabetes even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gum become diseased ,your entire immune system is weakened.
- In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.
- Scaling and root planing
- Gingivitis is a generative disease that left untreated ,will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration. Just the word gingivitis can strike panic n a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in your dentist’s office.
- Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment ,which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply .The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist clean and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated ,the condition will progress and the roots will need a planning .The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface. root planing is the process of smoothening the root surface and removing the infected tooth structure.