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When patients come in, I usually try to educate about gum health, which is very important because that’s the foundation on which your teeth stand. So gum disease itself, there are a few stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is where your gums itself is inflamed. Gingivitis is reversible when caught at the right time. Getting a gingivitis treatment can reverse the disease, and this way, we can keep you in a six month recall.
Now, gingivitis when it is left untreated or ignored over a period of time changes into periodontal disease. So by periodontal disease, it means that you are losing the bone around your teeth. So the bone that supports your teeth is losing its integrity and it’s going down. So when you have periodontal disease, unfortunately, you do need what we call scaling and root planning or a deeper cleaning. This is where we get you numb and it’s a procedure where we get in there and clean everything out so we can get to that bacteria that that lives deeper in your bone.
Once you’re a periodontal disease, I say it’s like diabetes, you’re never really cured but we want to keep you on a maintenance, so that bacteria that caused the initial destruction in the bone does not repopulate, or as it repopulates, we are in there cleaning it out. If you have periodontal disease, make sure you come see us, or you are in a three recall visit or three month maintenance visit.