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Periodontal treatments depend on the type and severity of the disease. Dr. Keyser and his dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend an appropriate course of action.

Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the teeth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissue. When these irritants remain in that space for long enough, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that helps support the teeth.

If the disease is caught early, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on how to improve your oral hygiene habits as well as having regularly scheduled dental cleanings.

If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) will be recommended. During this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on the root surfaces are made smooth (planning). This procedure helps gum tissue heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and electric toothbrushes may be recommended to help control infection and healing.

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