Why are healthy gums important?

Healthy gums are vital as they are analogous to the soil around the roots of a tree. Just like a tree needs healthy soil to remain stable, our teeth need healthy gums. If the gums around the root of the teeth become unhealthy and loose, the teeth will become unstable, just like a tree would in unhealthy soil.

How can I identify if my gums are healthy?

You can check in a mirror for signs of redness, swelling, or pus around the gums. However, it is essential to get a professional dental check-up as dentists can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your gum health.

What causes unhealthy gums?

Unhealthy gums can be caused by various factors, including improper brushing or flossing, leading to bacterial buildup. Other factors include poor dental restorations, overcrowded teeth, systemic health issues like diabetes, and smoking, all of which can compromise your gum health.

Can unhealthy gums be repaired?

If the inflammation is limited to the superficial gum tissue, the condition is reversible with professional cleaning and good oral hygiene. However, if the infection spreads to the bone underneath the gums, it becomes periodontal disease, which can be treated but not easily reversed.

What does the process of deep cleaning involve?

The dentist first performs a professional examination. Then, a local anesthetic is applied to the gum line to ensure comfort during the deep cleaning process.

Why are multiple sessions required for deep cleaning?

Typically, deep cleaning is done one side at a time, allowing the patient to use the other side for eating during the healing process.

Is deep cleaning painful?

No, with the use of a local anesthetic gel applied to the gum line, the process should not cause discomfort or pain.

What is the best way to care for my gums after a deep cleaning?

It's essential to brush your teeth two to three times a day and use interdental brushes or floss after every meal. Also, use mouthwash before bedtime. Regular check-ups every three to four months are also crucial.

When should I consider a gum graft?

Gum grafts may be necessary if your gums have receded due to periodontal disease or if you naturally have thin gums. Grafts can help improve your gum thickness.

How can I book a dental appointment?

You can contact your family doctor or our clinic directly. If you choose to contact our clinic, you can call (312) 821-8555 or fill out a contact form, and our staff will get back to you to schedule your check-up.