Periodontal disease, also called gingivitis, is an infection that attacks the tissues and bone that surround and support your teeth. If not treated, gingivitis can cause tooth loss. If you notice any of the following symptoms, Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Utterback may treat gingivitis in Virginia Beach, Virginia:

  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
  • Red, swollen, and sore gums
  • Bad breath or bad taste that will not go away
  • Gums that pull back from the teeth
  • Deep pockets forming between the teeth and gums
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Shifting teeth
  • Changes in your bite

Our dentists may recommend extra professional tooth cleanings to treat gingivitis. Our hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from all of your teeth. Scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning procedure, may also be performed. During this procedure, our dentists will remove the plaque and tartar from all of your teeth, all the way down to the roots. Then, your tooth roots will be smoothed. This makes it harder for plaque to adhere to them and gives the gums a clean surface to reattach to.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact Sweeney Utterback Dentistry today.