Gum disease affects nearly 50 percent of adults. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to gum recession, decay, and eventually tooth loss. When individuals are affected by gum disease, periodontal therapy becomes the best course of action to reverse its effects and restore health.
What is Periodontal Therapy?
Periodontal therapy, also called deep cleaning or scaling and root planing, is the two-step process of addressing gum disease. Scaling involves removing tartar, plaque, and bacteria from below the gum line using an ultrasonic or manual tool. This process is followed by root planing, which involves smoothing away ridges on the surface of teeth where bacteria can build-up and prevent the body from recovering.
Risk Associated with Gum Disease
Gum disease is an epidemic. Not only does it affect nearly half the adult population in America, but many individuals don’t even recognize they have it. Gingivitis can easily sneak its way into an individual’s life, making it incredibly important to visit your dentists every six months to ensure your dental health is routinely maintained by a professional.
Gum disease leads to decay, tooth loss, and increased susceptibility to overall health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease to name a few.
When Should I See My Dentist for Gum Disease?
It is best to receive a deep cleaning when gingivitis is in its earliest stage to prevent damage to the supporting structure. However, those experiencing nearly any stage of gum disease can benefit from receiving this procedure.
Patients with gum disease cannot address their issues with a toothbrush and floss alone. Dental tools are required to get below the gum line and remove tartar buildup that’s causing damage to your gums and health.
How Do I Ensure It Doesn’t Happen Again?
Once swelling has reduced, after anywhere between a few hours and a few days, the individual must maintain proper at-home care in order to prevent the reoccurrence of gum disease. We advise patients to make sure to brush at least twice a day and floss before bed to ensure no foot particles are left overnight and plaque is swept away before having a chance to turn to tarter.
Additionally, laser dentistry can be applied upon request to encourage the body’s natural healing process to take place. Laser dentistry has been a leading advancement in dentistry that assist in improving the success rate of many procedures.
Find Out More!
Learn more about treating gum disease with scaling and root planing. Call or visit our practice in Rochelle Park and schedule an appointment with Dr. Alan Rubin. Our practice will be happy to examine your situation and walk you through the process.