Periodontal disease, also called gingivitis, is an infection that attacks the gums and bone that surround and support your teeth. This disease, which is caused by the buildup of plaque above and below the gum line, can cause tooth loss if not treated. Gingivitis is usually painless, so you may not know that you have it. If you experience any of the following, Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Tant may treat gingivitis in Jacksonville, North Carolina:

• Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
• Red, swollen, or sore gums
• Bad breath or a bad taste that does not go away
• Receding gums
• Deep pockets forming between the teeth and gums
• Loose or drifting teeth
• Changes in your bite

Our dentists use periodontal charting to keep track of the health of your teeth and gums. This dental chart is made by our hygienist or dentists during a dental exam. If you have gingivitis, our dentists may recommend extra teeth cleaning appointments. Our hygienist will clean your teeth of plaque and tartar. If this is not sufficient, our dentists may perform a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Our dentists will clean your teeth of plaque and tartar, above and below the gum line. Then your tooth roots will be smoothed to make it difficult for plaque to adhere to them.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact our dental office today.