Over time, plaque grows below the gum line and hardens into calculus. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums which then form “pockets” (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. As periodontal disease progresses, more gum tissue and bone is destroyed. Some symptoms of periodontal disease include: receding gums, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, pus in pockets, and drifting teeth.
When active periodontal disease is present, a more skilled and detailed cleaning is needed to help restore your oral cavity to a maintainable condition.