Gum Treatment Specialist

Pearly Whites Dentistry

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Schaumburg, IL

Having a clean and healthy mouth is refreshing, comfortable, and necessary for optimal health. The caring dental professionals of Pearly Whites Dentistry in Schaumburg, Illinois, offer gum treatments, dental deep cleanings, and other effective services and procedures for patients in the local communities. Successful gum treatments and deep cleanings lower your risk of periodontal disease. If you need to freshen up your smile and improve your dental health, call Pearly Whites Dentistry or book online today.

Gum Treatment Q & A

What is a gum treatment?

Gum treatment is a general term for dental treatments designed to improve the health of your gums and teeth. Many gum treatments also treat or prevent periodontal disease.

Gum treatment can refer to nonsurgical treatments, such as medications for gum disease, professional dental cleanings, and deep cleanings involving scaling and root planing. It can also refer to more intensive treatments like pocket reduction surgery and bone or soft tissue grafts.

Your Pearly Whites dentist can help you determine the right gum treatments for you.

What can I expect during my dental cleaning appointment?

There are different steps involved in a dental cleaning. The Pearly Whites Dentistry team customizes each cleaning to suit your individual needs. A registered dental hygienist typically performs the cleaning before your dentist arrives to assess your teeth. During your appointment, your dentist or dental hygienist:

  • Scrapes the tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth
  • Removes the plaque (bacteria) from your teeth
  • Polishes your teeth with gel and a rotating brush

For deeper dental cleanings, your dentist might also perform scaling and root planing to remove bacteria and plaque below your gums to prevent bone loss and other dental problems.

Most teeth cleanings take around 30 minutes. Your teeth and gums will feel smooth and much healthier following a dental cleaning compared to your nightly brushing. As a bonus, your teeth will also look brighter and whiter since dental cleanings often remove some staining and tooth discoloration. Fluoride treatments and sealants are also available.

The Pearly Whites Dentistry team recommends professional dental cleanings every six months and more often for those with dental concerns and complications.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease refers to an infection in your gums. Plaque — a sticky film of bacteria accumulates and hardens on your teeth and inflames your gums. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Sore, painful gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your teeth and gums

Some factors can heighten your risk of developing periodontal disease, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Eating sugary foods in excess
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Diabetes
  • Aging
  • Teeth grinding
  • Obesity and poor nutrition

Periodontal disease can be avoided in many cases. Make sure you floss daily and brush twice a day. Pay attention to any changes in your gums and teeth and don’t miss your professional teeth cleanings and gum treatments.

If you have questions or concerns about your dental health, call Pearly Whites Dentistry or schedule an appointment online.