Why are healthy gums so important?

Healthy gums are an indication of a healthy body. If the gums are not healthy, it could be an indication of different systemic disease or simply indicate someone needs to brush more.

How can I tell if my gums are healthy or unhealthy?

You can tell by whether you get any pain or bleeding when you're brushing your teeth or flossing. Gum disease is usually a painless condition but can cause a little bit of blood when you spit after brushing. If you see blood, it means the gums are not healthy and it's time for a check-up with your dentist.

What causes unhealthy gums?

Unhealthy gums are often caused by improper cleaning. If you're not brushing well enough or often enough, or if your brushing technique is not appropriate, you may get an infection in your gums.

Can unhealthy gums be fixed?

Absolutely, unhealthy gums can and should be fixed. It's actually very simple if you catch it early. Your dentist will recommend for you to see a hygienist for thorough cleaning, which may stop all the gum disease if it's that simple.

What is involved in the process of deep cleaning of teeth?

Deep cleaning is required when gum disease has reached beyond the gum level to the bone that supports the gum. The hygienist will have to enter the gum level and remove all the debris inside the gums. This process is usually painless, but anesthetic can be applied for comfort.

Why does it take more than one sitting for a dental cleaning?

It doesn't necessarily take more than one sitting for a dental cleaning, unless your insurance prescribes multiple visits.

What are the best ways to take care of my gums at home after a deep cleaning?

The best way to take care of your gums and teeth at home after a deep cleaning is by flossing and brushing correctly. You can ask your hygienist to show you the proper techniques.

At what point is gum grafting necessary?

Gum grafting is necessary when someone has lost soft tissue around the teeth, causing a V-shaped defect. It should be treated first with deep cleaning and proper brushing and flossing.

How can I schedule a dental appointment?

You can schedule an appointment by calling us at (276) 288-8721 or by going online to alldentalneeds.com and requesting an appointment with one of our dental professionals.

I hope I've been able to answer some of your questions about healthy teeth and gums. If you have any further questions, you can send them to us at alldentalneeds.com so we can answer them in our next podcast or video.