Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss for adults in the U.S. Gum disease has serious, overall health implications, in that it is associated with increased potential for:
Depending on your level of gum disease, our hygienist, along with Dr. White, will recommend the appropriate treatment. If you have mild gingivitis, changing your oral home care routine could solve the problem. However, to treat more moderate gum disease, a procedure called scaling and root planing (sometimes referred to as a “deep cleaning”), is required. This procedure involves having your mouth anesthetized/”numbed”, in order for our hygienist to remove the hardened plaque called tartar or calculus, from below the gum line, and reduce the rough areas on your teeth’s roots, where bacteria tend to gather, and flourish.
Gum disease treatment is not to be thought of as a “Now, I’m cured” process. Gum disease is treatable and maintainable, but not “curable”. Once you have completed the gum disease treatment, and in order to maintain your new level of gum tissue health, it may be necessary to come in three to four times a year for gum (periodontal) maintenance cleaning visits.
Our philosophy is we believe your mouth is an investment - not an expense. Although, it will become an expense, if you don’t take time to invest in it.