Periodontics includes the supporting structures of the teeth, including the gingiva (gums) and bone. The word periodontal means “around the tooth” and healthy gums fit like a cuff around each tooth. Where the gum line meets the tooth, it forms a v-shaped crevice known as a sulcus. When these gums become damaged by periodontal disease, it becomes more difficult to practice effective oral hygiene as they harbor and promote the growth of harmful bacteria. These damaged compromised gums can lead to bone and tooth loss. At Omaha Family Dental we work hard to educate you on the importance of healthy gums and we promote healthy gums by twice yearly tooth and gum cleanings.