Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) affects nearly half of all adults, but it is preventable with proper oral care and hygiene. Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar buildup from not brushing and flossing regularly. The disease begins with inflamed, sensitive gums, but can lead to more serious issues such as tooth loss. Because of the progressive nature of the disease, seeking out treatment is immediately is very important even if symptoms seem relatively minor at first.
If you are diagnosed with periodontal or gum disease, our doctors will recommend a procedure called Scaling and Root Planing to help bring the teeth and gums back to a state of health. Specialized instruments are used to clean plaque and tartar deposits, and any rough or pitted areas of the teeth above and below the gum line and are smoothed out.
While there is no cure for periodontal disease, it can be controlled with regular visits to a dentist and a good dental hygiene routine. At Kirby Smiles, we can help patients develop the right oral care regimen to ensure that no further damage occurs.
If you are showing signs or symptoms of gum disease, it is very important that you seek out treatment as quickly as possible. We will help you overcome the condition so that you can get back to enjoying excellent oral health. Call us today at (281) 941-5488 to schedule an appointment.