When you visit the dentist for a routine checkup, the dental hygienist or dentist will examine your mouth and teeth to look for any signs of basic oral hygiene. Gum disease is a very common problem that affects millions of people each year. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health issues such as gum recession, oral infections, and even tooth loss. During a dental checkup, dentists will look for any signs of gum disease, such as inflammation, discoloration, and recession.
They can provide treatment for gum disease which may involve scraping and root smoothing as well as educating you on how to take care of your gums at home. This is why it is so important to visit the same dentist on a regular basis; only the regular dentist will be able to detect if your bite has changed and poses a threat to your overall oral health. If your dentist suggests that braces would be an appropriate treatment plan for your bite and smile, they will recommend that you see an orthodontist who specializes in orthodontics.