While routine care to keep your teeth strong and bright is beneficial for your smile and overall health, you shouldn’t forget about your gums! Good gum health means a lower risk of periodontal disease, and a reduced risk of tooth loss. In today’s blog, let’s look at what our Parkville, MO, residents can do to keep their gums healthy and disease free!

The Causes of Gum Disease

Trouble starts with inflammation, also known as gingivitis, which causes the gums to feel sore, look red, and bleed easily. Unless treated, the inflammation grows more severe until the tissue pulls away from the teeth and exposes deep pockets for bacteria to enter, leading to the onset of the disease. Factors behind inflammation could include family history of periodontal issues, smoking and tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, inflammatory illnesses, and certain medications. If you begin to experience soreness or bleeding, then let us know so we can perform an examination and see if you benefit from treatment.

Scaling and Root Planing

A deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, can reverse gingivitis or successfully manage gum disease, preventing the advanced stages responsible for adult tooth loss. The process involves the dentist carefully removing plaque from the teeth and the roots with an ultrasonic scaling device, which uses vibrations to break up the buildup. The procedure may take between one and four visits, depending on the severity of your plaque buildup. We then polish the tooth and may recommend follow-up cleanings every three to four months to help safeguard your smile.

Routine Homecare

In addition to routine cleanings from your dentist, you also need to take steps to protect your smile from home. Routine homecare helps limit how much plaque can form in between your dental visits, and protects the gum tissue from worsening inflammation. You should start your day by brushing your teeth for two minutes using a toothpaste that contains fluoride and a toothbrush with soft bristles. At night, again brush your teeth but also floss thoroughly in between each tooth. These actions help prevent inflammation and also limit the risk of decay or infection. You should also enjoy a healthier diet, with more fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid tobacco products. If you have any questions about keeping your gums healthy and free of disease, then please contact our team today to schedule your next checkup and cleaning visit.


We would love to help you enjoy a healthy smile, one free of periodontal disease. To learn more about our improving gum health with preventive and general dental care, or to schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Parkville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.