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To maintain healthy gums, you want to brush and floss every day, provide your gums with the nutrients they need by adhering to a balanced diet as much as possible, and keep up with routine dental cleanings to spot problems early and to remove tartar/hardened plaque around the teeth and gumline.

If you neglect your oral health you may end up with gingivitis, a milder form of gum disease which can eventually lead to bone and tooth loss if left untreated. So, let’s take a look at how gum disease can impact your smile. Our dentist, Dr. Timothy Backiewicz and team want to help you get the quality care your smile deserves.

Dental plaque, a sticky bacterial film that builds up in the mouth daily, damages teeth and gums. This is why you want to brush and floss without fail. Removing plaque is essential, as it is comprised of bacteria and food particles which hardens into tartar if it isn’t eliminated. Should this material not be removed daily and is allowed to accumulate below the gum line, it will irritate the gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth, creating the formation of gum pockets.

Our team employs a process called scaling and root planing to restore your gum health. This deep cleaning involves removing the plaque (scaling) and smoothing out the tooth roots which frees them up to reattach to the teeth (root planing). A local anesthetic is used to make the procedure more comfortable, and the treatment may take more than one visit.

Would you like to know more about this treatment? If you are struggling with poor gum health, we urge you to get the help you need for a healthier smile. Our New Albany Family Dentistry team is here for you. Just call 614-656-4379 in New Albany, Ohio today!