Gingivitis, which is also called gum disease, attacks the bone and tissues that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on your teeth and below the gum line. If gingivitis is not treated, it can cause tooth loss. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Vela and Dr. Ng will treat gingivitis in Corpus Christi, Texas:
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus coming from the gums
- A change in your bite
- Loose permanent teeth
Our dentists may recommend that you schedule extra professional teeth cleanings. Our hygienist will clean your teeth by removing all of the plaque and tartar with a small, metal tool. If this is not enough, our dentists may perform a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing. Our dentists will first scale your teeth, or remove all of the plaque, all the way down to the gums. Root planing means that your tooth roots will be smoothed so that plaque will have a hard time adhering to them.
We invite you to contact Vela Dental Centers Southside today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.