What is gum disease?

gum07Gum disease, or periodontal disease, attacks the tissues that surround and support your teeth. If left untreated, this disease causes the gums to recede from the teeth. This is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

Do I have gum disease?

Some of the warning signs of gum disease are:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or drifting
  • Any change in your bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

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If you notice any of these signs, we urge you to contact The Dental Office of Encino.

What are deep cleanings?

The deep cleaning procedure that is performed for gum disease is called scaling and root planing. This procedure is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Our dentists will thoroughly clean your teeth all the way down to the roots. Then, Drs. Howard and Howard will smooth your roots. This is done because tartar sticks more easily to rough surfaces. We are proud to provide scaling and root planing for our patients with gum disease in Encino, California.