Gum disease is almost always preventable, and in its earliest stages, our dentist may even be able to reverse it. But even if your gum disease has progressed past that point, our dentist can help you control it with periodontal maintenance. You will need to visit our office on a regular basis, and our dentist will talk with you about how often you need to come in. It is common for these visits to be scheduled every three months to remove the biofilm that allows bacteria to accumulate and grow, but if you are struggling with a severe problem, we may want to see you on a more frequent basis.

During these visits, we will remove the plaque and tartar, or calculus on the surfaces of your teeth. This is first done above the gumline and is then performed below the gumline to address the plaque and the bacteria that have accumulated in those areas. Often, we will take extra care to clean and smooth the roots. This will help keep plaque from accumulating on the roots and help them maintain a healthy attachment to the jaw. Depending on your oral health, we may use an antibiotic or antimicrobial agent to address any remaining bacteria and prevent a future infection.

If you have noticed the indicators of gum disease, call our office and schedule your appointment with our dentist and team.