The health of a patient’s gums play a major role in the health of his mouth and even his whole body. The gums, ligaments, and bone surrounding the teeth form a foundation in the mouth known as the periodontium. You may occasionally hear references to periodontal disease or periodontal treatment, and this refers to issues involving the gums. There are several signs that the gums may be unhealthy.
- If your gums are red
- If your gums bleed easily
- If you experience persistent bad breath
- If your gums are pulled away from your teeth
- If your teeth are loose
- If the alignment of your teeth has changed for biting
The good news is that, with proper and thorough gum treatment, it is entirely possible to return unhealthy gums to a natural and healthy state.
During an appointment with a hygienist, the health of your gums can be determined. Any issues of concern can be addressed. Under normal circumstances, the treatment will include a deep cleaning of your gums.