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Gum disease, causes our gums to swell, redden and bleed. And if left untreated, a gum disease known as periodontitis can infect your gums and the bone underneath your teeth, causing them to loosen and fall out.

But if gum disease is caught early by your dentist, they may recommend a non-surgical procedure to remove the plaque from your teeth and gum line. A common non-surgical procedure is scaling and root planing also referred to as a deep cleaning.

If the gum disease is in the beginning stages, your dentist may only require a deep cleaning treatment (scaling and planing). In this procedure, your dentist will carefully clean the surface of each tooth to remove plaque and tartar (calculus) from each gum pocket. They will also smooth out the root of the tooth from bacteria, plaque and biofilm.

Once the procedure is done, the bacteria in the pockets near the teeth will be removed. It’s important for a patient to practice good oral hygiene by brushing their twice a day, flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce bacteria from growing.

Sometimes if the planing and scaling procedure isn’t enough, your dentist may require further treatment, which often involves surgery. Don’t let your mouth suffer from gum disease, if you notice your gums are bleeding often or are swollen, give our office a call today at 386.752.1342!