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The disease that is most prevalent among American adults is gum disease. In many cases, the symptoms are mild, but can become more detrimental to your oral health the longer they go untreated. Allowing gum disease to develop can cause a person to lose their teeth as well as suffer severe damage to the gum tissue. Thankfully, gum disease is completely treatable. If treated in its early stages it’s possible to reverse the effects altogether.

The best treatment for early gum disease is a professional dental cleaning. Plaque is the cause of gum disease. A dental cleaning treats the disease at the source, getting rid of it. Some with gum disease may require more than two yearly cleanings.

If the disease has progressed down into the gum tissue, deeper cleanings such as root planing and scaling are necessary. During a root planing, your dentist will smooth over rough places in the teeth’s roots to help them avoid plaque buildup. A scaling involves cleaning under the gum line to get rid of plaque and tartar that have accumulated over time. Anesthesia is administered during both treatments, and typically a patient is rid of gum disease afterward.

If the disease has spread too far, you will need Dr. Brent Huckabay, your periodontist, to perform a tissue or bone graft. Other surgeries may be necessary.

The best treatment for gum disease is to prevent it from happening by daily brushing and flossing. Contact our dental office in Midland, Texas, if you have any questions.