Gum disease, also called periodontitis or periodontal disease, affects millions of US adults. Our goal at La Plata Dental is always to keep your gums healthy and prevent periodontal disease. During regular dental checkups, we screen for the warning signs of gingivitis, the mild form of gum disease. At this stage, we can typically renew and improve oral health with more frequent professional cleanings and improved at-home hygiene. Call our La Plata dentistry practice to find out more or schedule an appointment. We’ll examine your smile for the symptoms of gingivitis and periodontal disease, including bleeding gums, inflamed or discolored soft tissue, receding gum line, and chronic bad breath.
If we’re unable to prevent gum disease or halt it in the early stages, we may need to perform a more advanced set of procedures called scaling and root planing. We begin by numbing the soft tissue to ensure your complete comfort. Then, we use an instrument called an ultrasonic scaler to remove all of the plaque and tartar buildup at and below the gum line. Root planing is paired with scaling to prevent future buildup of plaque and tartar that can make periodontal disease more severe. Planing is the smoothing of tooth roots that removes the deep pits and grooves on the surfaces of teeth that allows plaque to take hold. If scaling and root planing are not effective in repairing the smile, we may need to provide more advanced services.