Poor dental hygiene can cause plaque to form below your gum line. The bacteria in plaque can cause inflammation. This causes your gums to recede from your teeth and form pockets. Plaque then gets trapped and leads to gum disease,
which could lead to tooth loss. Gum conditions can even cause health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
When a patient visits Arlington Dental Excellence
with red, inflamed gums due to plaque below their gum line, Dr. Layth Ghanim
will typically perform a deep cleaning to remove the plaque before a more extensive surgical treatment is needed. This deep cleaning procedure is known as scaling and root planning and is commonly used to treat gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. It can also be beneficial to those who suffer from chronic periodontal disease.