Gum disease is an infection that attacks the tissues and bone that surround and support your teeth. Also called periodontal disease, it is a major cause of tooth loss if left untreated. Gum disease is usually painless, so you may not know that you have it. If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. Jorge Bastidas may recommend treatment for gum disease in Paterson, New Jersey:
- Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
- Tender, swollen, or red gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath or bad taste that will not go away
- Loose or separating permanent teeth
- Any change in your bite
- Any change in the fit of a denture
Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on treating gum disease. Non-surgical gum disease treatments may include professional dental cleaning and scaling and root planing. During a professional dental cleaning, our hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line of all teeth. If you have gum disease, our dentist may recommend dental cleanings more than twice a year. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning process where plaque and tartar are scraped away from above and below the gum line. The tooth roots are also made smooth. This removes bacteria and makes it harder for plaque to stick to the tooth.
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