Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease that forms when bacteria and plaque accumulate in the mouth. Symptoms include bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth pain. Untreated gingivitis becomes a more aggressive form of periodontal disease called periodontitis. Bacteria-filled pockets along the gum line trigger widespread inflammation that eventually causes jaw bone deterioration and loss of teeth. The team at North Brand Dental is here to help you catch and treat gingivitis early, if possible, and comprehensive treat periodontitis when needed.
Bad breath is a chronic condition known as halitosis. There are many root causes of bad breath, including dehydration, diabetes, and periodontal disease. If you deal with bad breath even after brushing, it’s important to see your dentist for an appointment. Bad breath is often a precursor for tooth decay, and only professional dental attention can help you resolve this embarrassing and frustrating issue before it becomes worse.
Dental plaque is a sticky film that accumulates on and between your teeth. It develops when sugar in your food combines with oral bacteria and saliva. Unhealthy foods like soda and candy breed more plaque than teeth-friendly foods like cheese and almonds. If you don’t properly brush and floss, plaque can build up into hard tartar that quickly triggers decay. This is why it’s so important to maintain good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
Scaling and root planing are the traditional treatments used to control later stages of gum disease. These deep cleaning procedures go under the gumline to remove tartar and reduce inflammation within the pockets around your gum line. Scaling and root planing are often combined with antibiotic treatment to eliminate dangerous bacteria and reverse the progress of periodontitis.
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