Treatment of Periodontal ( Gum Disease ), Tartar & Plaque Removal

Periodontal disease, commonly known as “gum disease,” is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It occurs when harmful bacteria infect the gums and create gaps around the teeth. Periodontal disease is termed a “silent disease” because it may not produce symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage. Periodontal disease is preventable, and your dentist can treat the condition. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth, gum, and bone loss.

Treatment of Gum disease:

Treatment for periodontal disease depends on the type of disease and how far it has spread. Initial treatments usually include a professional dental cleaning with scaling and root planning. Scaling is a procedure that removes plaque, tartar, and stains from the tooth surface. Root planning removes plaque and tarter while smoothing the root surface. The smooth surface makes it more difficult for plaque to attach to it. Root planning allows the gum tissues to heal next to the teeth.

Some cases of periodontitis may require medications in addition to scaling and root planning. Your dentist may apply antibiotics to the site of infection. You may receive a prescription for antimicrobial mouth rinses to fight the bacteria that contribute to periodontitis.
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