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One of the most prevalent diseases in the United States is gum disease. While the majority of the cases are mild, if left untreated they can lead to more serious types of gum disease. Gum disease can cause a person to lose teeth and also cause substantial damage to their gum tissue. By treated the disease early on, you can be rid of gum disease and avoid these outcomes.

Seeing a dentist for regular professional cleaning is the best way to treat gum disease early on. Plaque and hard tartar cause gum disease, and a cleaning will remove them, reversing the disease. Some people may need to come in for a cleaning more than twice yearly.

Deeper cleanings are needed in cases where the gum disease has spread. Treatments such as a scaling or root planing may be needed. A root scaling will smooth out rough places on the root of the tooth that are prone to accumulating plaque to help avoid future buildup. A scaling will remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. This involves using local anesthesia. It’s an effective treatment of gum disease.

Your periodontist, Dr. Ali M Arastu, may be needed to perform surgical procedures such as tissue or bone grafts in more serious cases.

You should brush and floss every day as it’s the most effective way to prevent to gum disease. If you have questions about gum disease, call Periodontal Consultants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, today at 215-463-6677.