It is estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis and/or periodontitis. These are both known as gum disease. Gum disease causes bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. It is caused by a buildup of bacteria and tartar which creates inflammation and pockets between the teeth and gums. The inflammation doesn’t just stay in your mouth but travels through your bloodstream, putting you at risk to develop the following health problems:
- Respiratory Disease
- Heart Disease
- Pre-Term Births
Periodontal treatment involves removing the bacteria and tartar in the gum pockets through a process of ‘scaling and root planing’, sometimes known as ‘deep cleaning’. We use ultrasonic instruments, specialized techniques and therapeutic rinses during scaling and root planing. We will also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses or prescribe antibiotics to help restore your oral health.