The gums, ligaments, and bones around the teeth — also known as the periodontium — are the foundation of a healthy smile. An unhealthy periodontium threatens the teeth just as a faulty foundation threatens a home. Signs of an unhealthy periodontium include:
With proper treatment, it is possible to restore gum tissue to a healthy state, making it extremely important to seek treatment at the first sign of a problem. Treatment usually involves:
In some cases, periodontal disease can only appear through subtle symptoms — or none at all. This is why regular check-ups are so crucial to maintaining proper oral health.
Dr. Nguyen is always happy to share techniques and tips with patients to help improve oral habits and prevent the development of gum disease. If your gums have progressed to an advanced stage of disease, we may need to provide a special cleaning called scaling and root planing. This includes: