Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is actually the most common dental problem in the entire world. It is an infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth, and it usually occurs as the result of a lack of oral hygiene. Early symptoms include red, swollen, or tender gums that tend to bleed often, and left untreated, it can frequently lead to tooth loss.
At Art Dental Center, we take the health of our patients’ gums very seriously, which is why we screen them at every single appointment. Should you show any signs of this disease, we can quickly treat it using something known as a “deep cleaning,” which consists of two procedures called scaling and root planing.
Scaling will be used to break up and clear away any plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) located near and underneath your gum line, and root planing will be used to smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This will make it much harder for plaque to gather on them in the future, effectively protecting you from redeveloping gum disease.