Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is a disease that attacks the tissues and bones that surround and support your teeth. Gingivitis is caused by the formation of plaque and bacteria on the teeth, above and below the gum line. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss. Let our dentists know if you experience any of the following symptoms:

• Inflamed, tender gums
• Gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing
• Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
• A change in your bite
• Loose permanent teeth

If you have gum disease, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may recommend scaling and root planing in Shelby Township, Michigan. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that effectively treats gingivitis before it becomes severe. Our dentists will first scale your teeth by cleaning them of plaque and tartar, all the way down to the roots. Then your tooth roots will be scaled, or smoothed. This makes it difficult for plaque to adhere to them and gives your gums a clean surface to reattach to.

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