Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which gradually destroy the bone support of your natural teeth. Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins that damage the gums, causing them to turn red and bleed easily. This combined with other factors such as smoking, diabetes, medications can contribute to periodontal disease. If this irritation is prolonged, periodontal diseases will progress, to the point that supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease requires a different treatment approach. Our hygienists treat in-office with a root planing/quadrant scaling procedure. If necessary, we work with a Periodontist to develop a treatment plan for you. Often, your cleanings would alternate between offices, every 3-4 months.