After you brush your teeth, do you usually see pink in the sink? Minor bleeding might mean that you are cleaning your teeth too aggressively, or you may have a very common infection called gum disease. This bleeding is often the result of inflammation, and other notable symptoms include sensitivity, redness, and swelling. While these can be relatively minor, over time, gum disease can lead to much more serious consequences like gum recession, loose teeth, chronic bad breath, and ultimately, tooth loss. At Evans Street Dental, we can help you take care of the problem early and get your oral health back on track using effective, non-invasive periodontal therapy in McMinnville, OR. To schedule an appointment and learn more, give us a call today.
Gum disease is primarily caused by bacteria-filled plaque and tartar that has been allowed to build up on the teeth below the gum line. Scaling is a special type of cleaning that enables us to remove these harmful substances and stop the progression of the infection. Then, root planing involves us gently reshaping and smoothing out the tooth roots. Why do this? This creates fewer places for plaque and tartar to accumulate in the future, lowering the risk of reinfection, plus it stimulates the healing process.