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Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that can become progressively worse and eventually destroy the gums and other structures that support the teeth. This disease is dangerous to your oral health because it is a painless infection that stealthily attacks — like a silent saboteur — unless you seek proper treatment.

A periodontist specializes in the successful treatment of periodontal disease. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that treatments for restoring periodontal heath should be as minimally invasive as possible. We absolutely agree.

The least invasive approach is nonsurgical periodontal treatment. Conventional periodontal therapy is a two-part process called scaling and root planing, also commonly known as “deep cleaning.”

Tartar or calculus is plaque that has hardened over time. Scaling is the process of carefully removing tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing is a procedure in which the rough areas on a tooth are made smooth again. These rough spots are problematic, because bacteria tend to accumulate in those areas, contributing to the disease.

Unfortunately, there are cases where nonsurgical periodontal treatment is not enough. Some conditions require surgical treatment.

If you notice that you have swollen or bleeding gums, loose or sensitive teeth and bad breath that persists, then these symptoms may be signs of periodontal disease. Please come and visit our office so we can assess your oral health.