Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health conditions, affecting as much as 80% of adults over 35 according to some studies. While this statistic is startling, the good news is proper at-home and in-office oral hygiene can prevent many cases of gum disease, and the Longview Dental Center team is here to help when it can’t be prevented. Contact our team if you need help with periodontal disease. We’ll screen for the warning signs during every checkup appointment, and if we notice concerns, we’ll start treatment right away.
Scaling & Root Planing
In the early stages, often called gingivitis, more frequent professional teeth cleanings may be adequate to restore full oral health. If gum disease reaches the more advanced stage, known as periodontitis, we may recommend scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of plaque and tartar buildup at and below the gum line. Root planing is the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future buildup. Following scaling and root planing, we may recommend antibiotic therapy and more frequent teeth cleanings to maintain the renewed level of oral health. While we screen for signs of gum disease during each visit, we encourage you to let us know right away if you notice any of the warning signs:
- Bleeding gums typically while brushing and flossing
- Swelling, inflammation, or infection in the soft tissue
- Gums that appear to have receded or teeth that look longer
- A bite that no longer fits together properly or teeth that feel lose